OSCODA – It went down to the final minutes, but Oscoda couldn’t quite come up with a road win over rival Tawas Area Wednesday. The Braves kicked in a game-winning goal with about seven minutes to play, handing the Owls a 2-1 setback.
The Owls had the upper-hand for the first 20 minutes, but weren’t able to find the back of the net. Tawas played in Oscoda’s end for the last 20 minutes of the half, but the game went into the break in a scoreless tie.
Tawas struck first by getting a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead, with Oscoda tying it up wit 11 minutes to play on a penalty kick by goalie Jacob Post.
The Braves scored four minutes later and hung on from there to top the Owls.
Post made 14 saves in goal and Joel Livvix had two non-keeper saves. Livvix also had six intercepts and four steals, Aiden Backstrom had six intercepts and Cameron Fulton and Dillon Gaines had a non-keeper save each.
On Monday, Sept. 10 Oscoda played at Alcona in a key North Star League game, though it came up short, 4-1.
The Tigers scored a pair of early goals in the first five minutes for the early lead, with Gabe Kellstrom pulling the Owls within 2-1 in the 14th minute on a penalty kick.
Alcona padded its lead in the second half with goals in the 69th and 72nd minutes.
Post made 13 saves in goal with Livvix making one non-keeper save.
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The Owls opened with a 3-2 loss to Hazel Park. Oscoda was behind 2-0 before a goal by Ben Berenkowski on an assist by Kellstrom made it 2-1 and Post booted in a penalty kick to make it 2-2.
With just 15 seconds left Hazel Park scored the game-winner, cleaning up a deflected shot into the goal.
Oscoda followed that with a 7-2 loss to Ortonville. Livvix scored on a free kick in the first half and Caleb Watson netted a second half goal.
The Owls finished off the day with a 9-1 mercy win over Standish-Sterling. Berenkowski had two goals, the first and last of the game. Backstrom, Tate Travis, Watson, Post and Kellstrom each had one goal and Livvix netted two.
Oscoda (4-5 overall, 1-1 NSL) hosted Whittemore-Prescott, plays at Standish-Sterling on Thursday and hosts Tawas Area on Monday.
The Oscoda junior varsity team also played last week. On Friday they played at Alpena, where it fell 4-0. Brenden Apsitis had 13 saves in goal and Shane Nowiski had six intercepts and two steals.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11 the JV team played at Ogemaw Heights and dropped that contest 4-1.
Oscoda got a John Stephan goal on a pass form Perry Gibson in the second half. Apsits was in goal and made 27 saves.