Northmen pick up 2-1 victory on the road at T.C. Central
TRAVERSE CITY – Petoskey High School’s college soccer team took a win at the Big North Conference on Thursday.
Led by a strong game from their seniors and some scoring chances in the second half, the Northmen defeated Traverse City Central 2-1 to complete a regular season win for the Trojans.
With the win, the Northmen, who ranked 9th in the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association pool for the week of October 3, improve to 14-3-2 overall, 7-2 league. Petoskey has outstripped his opponents 38:10 in the last nine competitions, while walking 8-1 over the same period.
“It’s always nice to leave Traverse City with a win,” said Petoskey manager Zach Jonker, whose Northmen finished second in the Big North Conference rankings earlier this week, behind Traverse City West, who ranked 10th in Division I. lies coach survey. “We seem to have used all our chances on our pitch to beat them (TC Central) 5-1 and they’ve really only lost 2-1 to West in the last five minutes on Tuesday lately, so they have we expected a closer game. ” Game in TC “
Dylan Aldridge opened the gate on 15 minutes when Aidan Norton played him behind the TC Central defense, giving Petoskey the 1-0 lead.
The Trojans equalized five minutes later when their broad striker took a ball out of the corner and fed a teammate for a close-range finish.
Norton then scored what turned out to be the game to win when his left foot struck the back post with his left foot from 15 yards from a feed from Aldridge with 12 minutes in the half.
“We combined wonderfully in the second half to create a lot of quality opportunities, but we just weren’t clean enough with our finishing to create a cushion,” said Jonker. “We thank Central for always being on their hip and pressuring these opportunities.”
Jonker also praised the efforts of his superiors.
“They (seniors) really guided us tonight,” said Jonker. “Cam Adams did an amazing job for the full 80 minutes tagging her all-stater Everst Noyes as a man. Owen Ashley and Parker Streiff had their engines cranked and their energies were infectious.
“Two other seniors, Marek Beckering and Nik Taylor, also reached the full 80 as our center-back pairing and kept us very well organized for the long run.”
The Northmen conclude the regular season on Wednesday October 13th with a Big North Conference competition at Gaylord.
Petoskey also won the JV game 3-2 against the Trojans.