Soccer team overcomes three-goal deficit, ends game in 4-4 tie
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Grayling Vikings were down by three goals two different times during Thursday night’s nonconference game against the Sabres of Traverse City Christian, but Grayling – the home team for the contest – battled back, and the match ended in a 4-4 tie.
Traverse City Christian scored its first goal 4:45 into the game.
With 18:16 left in the first half, the Sabres scored again to lead 2-0. At the 16:24 mark, Traverse City Christian scored on a rebound, giving the Sabres a 3-0 advantage.
With 9:55 left in the first half, Mason Manning scored for Grayling on a direct kick. Six minutes later, the Sabres put a long distance shot into the net to go back up by three goals.
In the final minute of the first half – with 42 seconds remaining on the clock – Manning scored for the Vikings.
The score at halftime was Traverse City Christian 4, Grayling 2.
With 32:39 left in the second half, Erid Feri scored for the Vikings, cutting Traverse City Christian’s lead to one, 4-3.
Grayling tied the score at 4-4 with a penalty kick goal by Eliot Boik at the 11:45 mark.
Neither squad scored in the final 11:44 of regulation, and the game ended in a 4-4 tie.
Coach Brad Wagner said the Vikings made some adjustments and “played well the second half.”
“In the first half, when we got in the middle, we were outnumbered. We had to play outside. That started to free things up,” Coach Wagner said. “I think fitness played a factor. I think we had fresher legs in the second half.”
Thursday’s contest vs. Traverse City Christian was Grayling’s only game of the week.
The Vikings (4-0-2 overall, 1-0-1 conference) will host the Charlevoix Rayders at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 13. On Monday, September 16, the soccer team will play at Roscommon High School at 5 p.m.