Alcona in control
LINCOLN-It took just 36 seconds for Trenton LaVergne to put the Alcona soccer team on the board Monday against Fairview.
After that the game pretty much belonged to the Tigers.
Ben Dubuque scored twice and four different Alcona players found the back of the net as the Tigers defeated the Eagles 5-0.
The win served as the perfect pick-me-up for Alcona (4-5), which lost 8-0 in the finals of the Harbor Springs Tournament to Marquette on Saturday.
“It was a good win. We’re still learning our positions. We’re real young. We’re trying to teach the younger kids to pass the ball and spread the field,” Alcona coach Tim Munro said.
In the opening minute, Jason Steiner sent a perfect pass to LaVergne who fired a shot at Fairview keeper Blake Snyder. Snyder lunged and missed the ball allowing LaVergne to leap over him and put a shot into the open net.
Snyder was kept busy most of the night by Alcona’s attackers who missed at least a half dozen chances in front of the net to go with five goals. Snyder came up with more than a dozen saves on the night, but got little rest against Alcona’s offense.
Dubuque scored the first of his two goals six and a half minutes into the game, firing an easy shot past Snyder who had come out too far to play the ball. Dubuque tallied his second goal with 13:50 left in the first half. Dribbling up field, Dubuque got his own rebound when his shot hit a player’s knee. He cut to the middle of the field from inside the 18-yard box and fired a shot to the back of the net.
Alcona keeper Chase Matthews made just two saves all night, owing to the fact that Alcona’s defense didn’t allow the Eagles to get to the front of the net very often. The Eagles (0-2) are two years removed from the last time Fairview fielded a soccer team and still have some growing to do after just a few games.
“We’ve got a young team, some inexperience, so just to be able to come out and play a good team like Alcona is good experience for us,” Fairview coach Jon Ford said. “I’m encouraged by their willingness learn, to come out and play hard and run. Every game has been a big improvement from one to the next.”
Piet Botha scored with 4:43 left in the first half to send Alcona to halftime with a 4-0 lead. Jeff Schram sent a cross from the right and Botha was in position to send a header to the back of the net.
Alcona kept up the offense early in the second half, sending a handful of shots as Snyder and just missing on a few of them. Schuyler Bates finally connected at the 13:29 mark, sending a hard shot from the right past Snyder.
“The goal scoring, we’ve got to work on our goal scoring. We’ve had trouble with that this year,” Munro said. “We’re trying to work on kicking the ball on net and we missed some goals tonight, going over the top and some easier touches. It’ll come, it’s a work in progress.”
Alcona plays at Whittemore-Prescott on Wednesday.
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