September 1, 2014

SSC takes on Oscoda twice in two weeks

John Fischer
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Panthers fight hard in loss to Owls

OSCODA — Wednesday night Standish-Sterling looked to find its first win on the season as it traveled to Oscoda for a Northeast Michigan Conference match-up.

First-half action saw the Panthers control the tempo of the game, but they were unsuccessful in all scoring attempts. An error by goalkeeper Cody Bechtel allowed the Owls to take a 1-0 lead into the second half.

Goals came easy in the second half for both teams as the scoreboard tried its best impression of a car odometer. Two minutes in, the Owls scored on a corner kick. Two minutes later Standish struck back with a goal of its own by Garrett Russell. Following the kickoff, the Owls drove down and put in their third goal of the contest. Standish-Sterling controlled the next fifteen minutes of the game, but was unsuccessful in the strong push. Oscoda then slipped a goal in off the post to put the score at 4-1.

Reluctant to give up, Shay Irving proceeded to take over the game dribbling down and scoring twice in the next few minutes. Unfortunately, Standish-Sterling ran out of time as the game ended 4-3.

Shots-on-goal for the Panthers were accumulated by Shay Irving (four), Tanner Trombley (three), Kevin Schmidt (three) and Garrett Russell (two).

Goalkeeper Cody Bechtel has six saves on ten shots.

The rematch

STANDISH — Monday night saw a rematch of the closely battled contest between Oscoda and Standish-Sterling.

In a light but solid rain, the Panthers got off to a hot start when Tanner Trombley put in a pass from Shay Irving five minutes into the game. Shortly thereafter, Shay Irving booted a forty-yarder over the head of the Owl goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

The action remained intense for the remainder of the game, although it wouldn’t see any further scoring. The Panther’s shaky defense allowed a few scoring opportunities in the second half, but goalkeeper Garrett Russell would turn all shots away.

Standish-Sterling (0-1, 1-4) receives its first win on the season and plays their next contest Wednesday night against Bangor John Glenn.

SSC Stats: Tanner Trombley – 1 goal/3 shots; Shay Irving – 1 goal/4 shots/1 assist; Kevin Schmidt – 3 shots; Paul Norgan – 1 defensive save; Garrett Russell – 13 saves.

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