Tawas Area’s Alex Koepke blasts a shot during Thursday’s home win over Gladwin.

TAWAS CITY – With the post-season looming, the Tawas Area soccer team was able to put in one of its best performances of the season on Thursday. The Braves, hosting Gladwin, were able to score two goals in the first 20 minutes and continued to play well from there, claiming a 5-1 victory. 

“We were very pleased with the guys’ performance,” head coach Ken Cook said. “We finally put together our passing game and challenged to the ball the way we are capable of. It was great to see.” 

Tawas opened up the scoring in the fourth minute, as Jake Look was able to find the back of the net thanks to an assist by Vinnie Frank.

In the 20th minute, Look was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty kick attempt by Frank. Frank was able to make good on the shot, sending the ball into the top left corner of the goal. 

Frank scored again with nine minutes to play in the half, getting an assist by Alex Koepke, making it 3-0 at the half. 

Frank’s big night continued as he netted a goal just two minutes into the second half, with Jackson Pestrue earning an assist. 

Gladwin scored a goal in the 56th minute to trim the Tawas lead to 4-1, but Look ended the scoring with a goal with about nine minutes left, with an assist by Frank.

Frank finished with three goals and two assists, Look had two goals with Pestrue and Koepke getting one assist each. Gavin Spencer played in goal, making seven saves. 

“We have been working hard on our passing game and positioning,” Cook said. “We played well as a team and focused on our skills not on the officials or the other team. There were a lot of players who did well. I was especially pleased with one of our new players, Brian MacEwen who played mid and defense and gave us some great minutes. This game showed this team really has more potential than our record shows.  It’s great to watch it come together, hopefully we can remain focused and continue to play to that full potential.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 6 the Braves lost a road game at Grayling, 9-1.

Look had the team’s lone goal, with Nick Maynard getting an assist. 

“They had a couple very good players and they played intense right from the very first minute,” Cook said. 

Three players split time in goal, with Spencer making 10 saves in 30 minutes. Koepke had three saves in 20 minutes and Jon Aylett played in net for six minutes and made one save. 

Tawas (4-7-1 overall) hosted Standish-Sterling on Monday and opens up the Division 3 district tournament on Thursday, playing Standish on its home field. The winner hosts Ogemaw Heights on a day to be determined, with the district championship set to be held in Clare on Saturday, Oct. 24.