Soccer team holds on for 3-2 victory after fast start vs. Ogemaw Heights
Vikings score two goals in the first four minutes on Monday, win by one vs. Falcons in game that featured a scoreless second half
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
It looked like it was going to be a high-scoring affair – the two varsity boys soccer teams, Grayling and West Branch Ogemaw Heights, combined for four goals in the first 14 minutes of regulation on Monday night, including two for the Vikings in the first four minutes of the contest – but neither squad was able to put one in the net during the last 49 minutes, and Grayling held on for a 3-2 victory.
Twenty-one seconds into the game, Eliot Boik scored for the Vikings. Approximately three minutes later, Mason Manning scored for Grayling, giving the Vikings – the home squad for the contest – a 2-0 advantage.
Less than one minute later, Ogemaw Heights answered with a goal, scoring on a hard shot from close to 30 yards out.
At the 26:38 mark, Manning shot past the Ogemaw goalkeeper for Grayling’s third goal of the day.
With 9:26 left in the first half, the Falcons scored on a one-timer in front of the net off of a corner kick.
Grayling led 3-2.
Neither team scored in the last nine minutes of the first half, and neither squad scored during the last 40 minutes of regulation in the second half.
The final score was Vikings 3, Falcons 2.
“I thought we controlled the midfield. I thought we won the midfield battle and that was great,” Coach Brad Wagner said.
Coach Wagner said both of Ogemaw’s goals were “great shots” and that it was good for his squad to play a close game against quality competition.
“It was a good game. It was pretty evenly matched. I wanted to see our guys in an evenly matched game,” Coach Wagner said.
On Tuesday, the soccer team traveled to Alcona for a nonconference game against the Tigers. Grayling won by a final score of 2-0.
Erid Feri and Manning each had one goal vs. the Tigers.
On Thursday night, the Vikings won 5-0 during a Lake Michigan Conference game at Charlevoix High School.
Feri had two goals for the Vikings. Boik also had two goals for Grayling. Manning had one goal.
The Vikings (7-1 overall, 3-1 league) will host the Harbor Springs Rams at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 27.