Winning in style
Tigers clinch share of NSL title with win over Fairview
LINCOLN — It has been a rollercoaster ride of a regular season for the Alcona soccer team.
In a season filled with many ups and downs, Monday’s game against Fairview feature many more positives than negatives as the Tigers clinched at least a share of their sixth consecutive North Star League title with an 8-0 victory.
“We knew we had a big week ahead and I’m still moving players around before districts and it’s a good group of kids and it was nice tonight to secure at least a share of the league title on our home field,” Alcona coach Tim Munro said. “Everyone got to play tonight and it was nice to get all the kids in the game to have an opportunity to learn and grow. That’s how the underclassmen become better and we’re a small school so whenever we can get everyone playing time it’s a good thing.”
The Tigers put together a dominant performance and put the pressure on Fairview all game long.
Alcona scored a flurry of goals in the early moments of the contest as four different Tigers found the back of the net within the first 15 minutes of the game.
Matthew Warner put Alcona on the board first went he sent a ball sailing over the Fairview keeper from a ways out that ended up in the back of the net six minutes into the game.
Four minutes later, Josh Kilbourn dribbled around a handful of Eagle defenders and fired a shot that resulted in a goal to put the home team up two goals.
The scoring continued when the Tigers scored again 30 seconds later on a well designed play that resulted in a perfect pass delivered from Kilbourn to a wide open Brett Nelson for an easy goal.
Three goals in the first ten minutes wasn’t enough for the Tigers as Joel Steiner used his head to deflect the ball into the net off of a corner kick, which gave Alcona a commanding 4-0 lead early and they began to pump the breaks a bit and started to rotate the rest of its roster into the game.
Alcona did extend the lead to five when Grace Atkinson scored with five minutes left in the opening half when she received a gift, having a ball deflected right to her in front of a wide open goal that she kicked in for the easy goal.
The Tigers continued to apply pressure early and often in the second half which ended up leading the final three goals of the contest.
Steiner scored his second goal of the night with another header that found the back of the net on another corner kick.
Elliot Dubuque joined the scoring parade when he snuck a ball through a crowd of players in front of the net and past the Fairview goalkeeper and Nelson netted his second goal of the night after getting a rebound after a shot went off of the crossbar and Nelson buried the ball into the back of the net for the final goal of the game, which ended in a mercy.
Alcona goalie Aidan Wrobel made nine saves on the night to record a shutout in the NSL clinching victory.
“We’ve struggled getting goals and we graduated a player who scored 51 goals a year ago and it’s tough for these kids to come up and learn,” Munro said.
The Tigers improve to 11-7-1 overall on the year and will look to end the regular season strong in their next few games.
Alcona will be back in action tomorrow when they host Alpena on Parents Night.