Grayling gets 10th win with 5-1 victory at Kalkaska
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity boys soccer team from Grayling High School earned its 10th win of the 2018 fall season on Thursday, defeating the Kalkaska Blazers – a Lake Michigan Conference opponent – by a final score of 5-1 during a contest played in Kalkaska.
Graying scored three goals in the first half of play. Mason Manning, at the 26:39 mark, shot and scored for the first goal of the game for the Vikings. With 13:40 left in the first half, Erid Feri scored on a header pass from Eliot Boik. Approximately three minutes later, Boik scored for the Vikings.
The score at halftime was Grayling 3, Kalkaska 0.
Early in the second half, Boik scored another goal for the Vikings. Kalkaska got on the board with a goal at the 19:15 mark. With 11:01 remaining in regulation, Boik scored his third goal of the contest, putting the ball into the net on a direct kick after a penalty on the Blazers.
Grayling won 5-1.
“The guys were connecting well. Our greatest successes in this game were when we had combination play down the outside of the field. Eliot scored three bangers and Erid and Mason both added one each to the mix, but they all came from the lads finding open passing lanes and connecting,” Coach Brad Wagner said.
On Monday night, the Vikings lost 4-1 at Boyne City. It was the squad’s third loss of the 2018 season.
“Boyne plays with a lot of pressure in the midfield. When we were deliberate with the ball through the center of the field, we found success. At times we were able to stretch their shape and create chances. It was a good match; Boyne was just more opportunistic,” Coach Wagner said.
Feri scored Grayling’s only goal of the Boyne City contest on an assist from Manning.
The Vikings (10-3 overall, 5-3 league) will end their 2018 regular season with a road game at Elk Rapids at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 11.
For the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs, Grayling is in District 48-3 this year with Cheboygan, Kalkaska, Elk Rapids, Kingsley, Boyne City, Traverse City Christian, and Benzie Central. The Vikings drew a round one game against the Boyne City Ramblers, a contest slated for Monday, October 15, at 5 p.m. at Boyne City. If the Vikings win, they will play either Traverse City Christian or Benzie Central at Elk Rapids in the District 48-3 semifinals on Wednesday, October 17, at 5 p.m.