Soccer team defeats Harbor Springs 11-3, getting 11 goals from seven different players
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Seven different Grayling players combined for 11 goals during Tuesday night’s varsity boys soccer game vs. the Harbor Springs Rams – a Lake Michigan Conference opponent – and the Vikings won the contest by a final score of 11-3. Grayling High School hosted the match at Viking Stadium.
The Vikings got on the board in the first minute of regulation with a goal by Mason Manning. A few minutes later, Eliot Boik scored for Grayling, giving the Vikings a 2-0 advantage.
With 29:21 left in the first half, Boik scored again for Grayling. Less than a minute later, Harbor Springs scored its first goal of the contest to pull within two, 3-1.
Leo Gomes scored for the Vikings at the 27:10 mark. Approximately four minutes later, Bryson Cobb scored for Grayling on a cross from Boik.
Neither squad scored in the final 23:23 of the first half. The score at halftime was Grayling 5, Harbor Springs 1.
With 37:29 remaining in the second half, Manning scored on a pass from Boik. Just over one minute later, Harbor Springs scored.
Grayling led 6-2.
At the 34:27 mark, Ben Whitaker scored on a pass from Boik. Twenty-four seconds later, Gage Davis scored for Grayling. The Vikings had an 8-2 advantage with 34:03 left on the clock.
The Rams scored at the 23:55 mark. Grayling led 8-3.
With 18:04 left in the second half, Boik scored on a cross from Garrett Reilly. Less than a minute later, Reilly put the ball in the net on a pass from Andrew Walsh. With 15:37 left in regulation, Boik scored for Grayling on a breakaway, ending the game due to point differential rules (eight-goal advantage in the second half).
Coach Brad Wagner said “possession” was the key to the victory, and the team passed well during the game.
“We still need to work on details. If we can really hit targets clean, all that does is increase our pace,” Coach Wagner said.
Coach Wagner praised his squad’s “unselfish play.”
“It’s great to see Benny (Whitaker) get a goal. He was in the perfect spot,” Coach Wagner said. “Gage challenged the ball, put a shot on frame. That was great to see him get a goal.”
The Vikings (4-0-1 overall, 1-0-1 league) will host Traverse City Christian at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 5.