Oscoda’s Alec Apsitis blasts off a shot during last week’s home win over Sault Ste Marie.

OSCODA – Oscoda was able to secure a key North Star League soccer win Wednesday night. The Owls made the trip north to Alcona, where they defeated the Tigers 5-2, moving them to just a game away from clinching the league title. 

The Owls got a goal midway through the opening half on a goal by Aiden Backstrom, as he took a nice pass from John Heisner and booted the ball in.

The Tigers netted a goal in the 33rd minute, but Oscoda hit back for a pair of goals in the final four minutes of the half, getting a pair of tallies form Michael Wrona. Backstrom assisted on his first goal, with Michael Stepp assist on the second, making it 3-1 at the half. 

Oscoda pushed ahead 5-1 on goals by Andrew Benton and Backstrom. Benton scored his goal after Hunter Gerow cleared a ball out his way and Backstrom was aided by a pass by Stepp just 30 seconds after Benton’s goal. 

The Tigers netted their final goal with about six minuets left to play. 

The Owls had a 26-10 shot advantage in the game, with goalkeeper Brendan Apsitis making six saves in goal. Kam Thomas had eight intercepts and three steals, Ethan Chase had four steals and two intercepts, Lewis Axline had five steals and Gerow added four intercepts. 

On Monday, Sept. 28 the Owls overcame a bit of a slow start to defeat visiting Sault Ste Marie, 5-2. 

After the teams played to a 1-1 tie through the first half, the Owls caught fire in the final 40 minutes. Wrona and James London booted in goals to give Oscoda a 3-1 lead less than two minutes into the second. Wrona, who had the team’s lone first half goal, finished off his hat trick on a goal that made it 4-1. 

Stephan put Oscoda ahead 5-1 before the Blue Devils kicked in the final score of the night. 

Wrona also had two assists and Austin Birkenbach, Backstrom and Dylan Judd had one assist each. 

Apsitis made nine saves in net to preserve the win while Thomas and Backstrom had one non-keeper save each.