Soccer: Iron Mountain edges Houghton, 1-0

Poupore scores penalty kick in second half for winning margin

Houghton's Allie Fenton, left, and Iron Mountain's Hanna Ellis battle for the ball Thursday at Commemorative Field in Kingsford. Iron Mountain held off Houghton, 1-0. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

KINGSFORD — Iron Mountain eked out another UP Soccer Conference win Thursday at Commemorative Field.

Riley Poupore’s penalty kick with 12:39 in the second half lifted the Mountaineer girls past Houghton 1-0. That was the same score in Tuesday’s win over Kingsford.

“Another nail-biter,” said Iron Mountain coach Steve Hodgins. “This was a tough conference game and I’m glad we’re walking away with the win.”

The Mountaineers moved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.

“We have big goals in conference this year,” Hodgins said. “We need motivation with no downstate tournament. It’s definitely something we want to win.”

As in the win over Kingsford, the Mountaineers dominated the offensive attacks. The first half had Iron Mountain with 23-3 edge in shots, with freshman Olivia Stanchina and Hanna Ellis just missing.

In the second half, Houghton goalie Maria Lorenzetti faced 17 shots. Iron Mountain goalie Lauren Lesky saw seven.

“We just have to get more shots on the frame (of the goal),” Hodgins said. “We can’t kick it over. We’re not kicking field goals. We’ll have to have extensive practice on shooting and placement of the ball.”

Poupore was thwarted four straight times in the second half before the Houghton penalty in the box brought on the kick. The junior striker then lasered one home.

The Mountaineers and Flivvers will renew their rivalry on Monday.