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ALPENA – Tonight could be the last time the Alpena High soccer team travels to Thirlby Field to face the Traverse City West Titans.
With the recent changes, the Big North Conference will no longer take place after this football season and it is almost certain that today’s matchup will be the last time the schools will face each other as Conference opponents.
“This week is our biggest thing about getting well, for one thing, we had 24 healthy people when we started training on Wednesday and of course the other big thing for us is playing four quarters. We’ve been talking about this for four weeks now, we have to play every single game for every single quarter. This week we have to make sure that we avoid mistakes, ”said Alpena coach Eric Mitchell. “Knowing that they are not a huge sweep team, we have to be ready to stop it because we assume they will do it because we haven’t shown that we can stop it. I think we will see a strong dose of inner force and inner zone. “
Today’s game is the 25th time that Alpena and Traverse City West have played against each other.
The Wildcats (0-4, 0-2 BNC) never officially beat West, 0-24 total against the Titans, despite technically achieving a victory in 1999. Alpena won the season opening meeting in 1999 with 33:28, but had to give up this game and four other games this season because of a player who was not eligible to play.
Alpena is hoping to have many long streaks of bad luck tonight as Alpena has a 24.
With a win tonight, the Wildcats can calm all of those losing streaks, but it won’t be an easy task.
“We have to be laser focused all day. Laser concentrated on the bus ride, in the changing room and on making sure we were ready to go from kick-off. We played well in the second half of the games, we only had problems early in the games and we don’t have the luxury of starting this week slowly because if we do it could get ugly quickly, ”said Mitchell. “For us it means getting perfected and getting off to a quick start and being ready to play for what may be the last time in a long time.”
The Titans enter today’s matchup with a 3-1 record and have their only loss of the season, losing 42:14 to Traverse City Central a week ago.
The Titans have some formidable wins on their résumé after beating Midland, Grand Haven and Cadillac who have a combined record of 8-4. West was also tested as the record of their combined opponents is 11-5.
The Wildcats must develop a perfect game plan and execute it perfectly. If they don’t, this final meeting could quickly get out of hand.
“Executing the game board is the hard part. All eleven players have to do their job perfectly because there will be several times when we are one on one and we need that one man to make a game, ”said Mitchell. “We have to use the fact that we won’t see them for a while to our advantage. We’ve been talking about it all week and for whatever reason we know we come to Traverse City and don’t play the same thing. For us it means getting off the bus and not worrying about who is in the crowd or what’s going on, we just have to go play. We have a great opportunity, they have some kids getting college scholarships and there will be people watching. This should be a week where we want to go out and fly around and do plays, not just for that, but because it’s the last chance to do it for a while and we want to end this series on a positive note. ”
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