TRAVERSE CITY — Round 1 to TC West — by the slimmest of margins.
In the first regular season meeting between West and TC Central — the last two undefeated boys soccer teams in the Big North Conference — Cam Sipple’s first-half goal was the difference in a 1-0 victory for the Titans on Thursday at TC West.
Sipple played a ball into Ty Troxell, then got it back out front of the Central net and put it past the reach of Central keeper Carl Gardner in the 17th minute of play.
“He played it off to me and I just hit it right,” said Sipple. “Carl, their goalkeeper, his view was blocked. I don’t think he saw anything. He’s a great goalkeeper and it was a great game. I was pretty confident. It was a good strike. I don’t normally hit the ball that well. That was a good one.”
Sipple’s goal was part of a first half that was mostly dominated by the Titans because of a stiff wind. Conversely, the Trojans were able to control play in the second half with the wind in their favor. The only difference was Central couldn’t convert its chances as West keeper Justin Kraft made a few big-time saves to keep the Trojans out of the net, jumping up to deflect a couple shots that had a chance to sneak into the back of the net.
“It was a tale of two halves, obviously. With the wind in the first half they dominated possession and had chances. In the second half we did the same thing,” said TC Central coach Rob Boynton. “Cam Sipple had a brilliant strike. That’s a wonder goal and he deserved it. There was quite a few chances in the second half I’d like to have back. We’ll just have to work on finishing our opportunities. Against good teams you don’t get very many. We have to capitalize.”