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Late goal secures Traverse City West win over Alpena

Traverse City West's Jaelyn Dobrowolski scores lone goal past Alpena.

Alpena, Mich. — The Alpena Wildcats entered Tuesday’s home girls soccer match against Traverse City West with a five-game shutout streak and a chance at taking the top spot in the Big North Conference. The defense shut down both offenses in the first half, and it was tied at zero at halftime. Alpena’s Edie Zann played a huge role in this game.

“Edie tonight was great off her line,” said Alpena Head Coach Tim Storch. “That’s one of the developmental stages she has as a new goalkeeper learning the position and reading the game. She was spectacular for us.”

She saved ten shots on goal, while the Wildcat’s only put up two shots against the Titans. One Titan’s shot finally slipped past Zann with 2:24 left to play thanks to TC West junior forward Jaelyn Dobrowolski. The Titans topped the Wildcats 1-0.

“We’re the only team in the league that’s either been tied or had the lead at halftime in every league game this year,” said Storch. “We can play with anybody and this game was very likely for first place in the league tonight. That speaks volume to where we are. We just need to finish the job.”

Up next, Alpena hosts Petoskey on Thursday at 7 p.m.