Soccer team scores six goals in 2nd half, wins 8-0
Grayling Vikings defeat Kalkaska Blazers during league game on Monday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School’s varsity boys soccer team won 8-0 vs. the Kalkaska Blazers – a Lake Michigan Conference opponent – on Monday night, scoring six of its eight goals in the second half.
The Vikings led 2-0 after the first 40 minutes of regulation. With 23:48 left in the first half, Eliot Boik scored on a header on a corner kick by Erid Feri. Later, with 4:11 remaining in the first half, Boik scored on a short pass from Leo Gomes.
Grayling scored two goals in the first three minutes of the second half. At the 38:52 mark, Mason Manning scored for the Vikings on a direct kick following a handball violation on Kalkaska. With 37:46 left in the half, Manning scored on a pass from Boik.
The Vikings led 4-0.
With 35:40 remaining in the second half, a red card (ejection) on the Blazers forced Kalkaska to play the rest of the game with 10 players on the field instead of 11.
With 21:24 left in the game, Alec Gardiner scored for the Vikings on a penalty kick. Jacob Schade scored a goal for Grayling with 15:56 left in regulation.
Andrew Walsh scored on a rebound following a shot by Anthony Harrington. With 14:42 remaining in the contest, the Vikings had a 7-0 lead.
With 2:57 left on the clock, Gomes scored on a pass from Ivan Pejovic. The goal ended the game due to point differential rules (eight-goal advantage in the second half).
Grayling won 8-0.
“We played a better second half,” Coach Brad Wagner said. “I think we tried to force things too much the first half.”
Grayling (11-3-3 overall, 5-2-2 league) will end its 2019 regular season with a home game against Harbor Springs at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 10.
For the playoffs, the Vikings are in District 48-3 this year with Boyne City, Cheboygan, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs, Kalkaska, Kingsley, and Traverse City Christian.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association added a seeding process for its district soccer tournaments this year in an effort to ensure the top two seeds could not play before the district championship game. It only affects the top two teams; the others in the bracket are placed randomly, according to the MHSAA.
“The two teams to be seeded in each district will be determined using a Michigan Power Ratings computer formula based on regular-season results against other MHSAA tournament-eligible teams and opponents’ strength of schedule. MPR is calculated using wins, losses, and ties for games played between teams entered into the MHSAA tournament. Scores of games, margin of victory, and location of games are not included in the MPR formula. The final MPR number is 25% of the team’s winning percentage, plus 50% of its opponent’s winning percentage, plus 25% of its opponent’s opponent’s winning percentage,” according to the MHSAA.
Boyne City earned the #1 seed for District 48-3 this year and Elk Rapids is the #2 seed. The Vikings will start their District 48-3 tournament run with a round one game vs. the Cheboygan Chiefs at Cheboygan at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10. If Grayling wins, the Vikings will play against Elk Rapids or Kingsley in the semifinals.
Lake Michigan Conference
Team, League, Overall
Elk Rapids..................8-1-0 (14-3-2)
Boyne City..................5-1-3 (10-3-5)
Harbor Springs............2-6-1 (3-8-1)
Last week’s scores:
Grayling 8, Kalkaska 0
Elk Rapids 7, Charlevoix 0
TC Christian 3, Boyne City 0
Charlevoix 2, Grayling 1
Elk Rapids 4, Harbor Springs 1
Boyne City 5, Kalkaska 2