Alpena girls soccer team picks up huge victory over Gaylord

GAYLORD — The Alpena High girls soccer team picked up a monumental win for its program on Tuesday by defeating Gaylord 2-1.

The Blue Devils entered as the top team in the Big North Conference, but it was the visiting Wildcats who built a two-goal lead early and held on to earn their first victory over a conference opponent other than Ogemaw Heights in 10 years.

“It’s a big win for our program. Gaylord is always one of the top teams in the league and it just speaks volumes to how far we’ve come as a program to go over to their place and beat them,” Alpena coach Tim Storch said. “Our defense and goalkeeping stepped up, we were dangerous up front and everyone played well. It was just a really good and really big win for us.”

The Wildcats wasted little time putting the ball in the net when Mollie Girard scored five minutes into the game on a corner kick opportunity to give Alpena the early advantage.

Midway through the first half, Girard struck again on a shot from 30 yards out that found the back of the net to put Alpena up 2-0.

Gaylord scored with eight minutes left in the half to cut the lead to one as Alpena held a 2-1 lead at the break.

The Wildcats continued their stellar defensive play in the second half and held on for one of the biggest wins in program history.

Alpena improves to 3-3 overall on the year and 1-1 in BNC play.

The Wildcats return to action on Thursday when they travel to Cadillac.

GIRLS TENNIS

TC Central 8,

Alpena 0

TRAVERSE CITY — The Alpena High girls tennis team was shut out 8-0 on Tuesday when the Wildcats traveled to take on Big North Conference foe Traverse City Central.

Despite being blanked, the Wildcats made the Trojans work for many of their victories in the evening.

Alpena’s Gwyn DenBleyker lost to Sophie Jackson at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-0. Brynna Smith lost a tough matchup against Ivy Walker at No. 2 singles 6-4, 7-5. Emeline Hanna fell to Emily Kluzak at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0 and at No. 4 singles, Maggie Daskam was defeated by Ava Reimers 6-2, 6-1.

Alpena’s No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Belanger and Mija Pilkaite lost to Mari Mast and Regan O’Connor 6-2, 6-2. Rachel Hart and Arlene Dai lost at No. 2 doubles to Xia Huyck and Kyla Welch 6-0, 6-2. Tilly Williams and Amelia Berles fell to Mallory Kosch and Grace Lord at No. 3 doubles 6-0, 6-0 and the No. 4 doubles team of Tayler Hansen-Bates and Danielle Schackmann fell to Macy Anderson and Hadley Hilner 6-1, 6-1.