Soccer team wins 4-0 vs. Boyne City on Monday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity boys soccer team from Grayling High School won 4-0 vs. the Boyne City Ramblers – a squad that the Vikings tied earlier in the season – on Monday night during a Lake Michigan Conference match played at Viking Stadium.
Grayling got on the board early in the first half with a goal by Gabriel Nano at the 34:21 mark, approximately 5.5 minutes into the contest. With 22:25 remaining in the first half, Nano scored off of a corner kick by Louis Cotton.
With 16:19 left in the first half, Eliot Boik scored on a pass from Nano.
At halftime, the Vikings had a 3-0 advantage.
Grayling scored one goal in the second half, at the 9:15 mark; Anthony Harrington kicked the ball past the Boyne City keeper on a rebound following a shot by Cotton, and Andrew Walsh tapped it in.
The Vikings won 4-0.
On Sept. 7, during the first of the two meetings between the two squads, the teams tied 3-3. The contest was played at Boyne.
“After our last 3-3 result, it was important to set the tone for this game,” Coach Brad Wagner said.
Coach Wagner said the squad’s defense – down one starter on Monday due to an injury – played well to end with a shut-out.
“(Goalkeeper) David (Walsh) had a great save in the first half to maintain a clean sheet,” Coach Wagner said.
Coach Wagner said defender Mitchell Kuziel also saved a goal by getting back to the line after Grayling turned the ball over near its net. Coach Wagner said “being in a spot to fix a mistake” has been a strength of the squad all year.
The victory vs. Boyne City improved Grayling’s league record to 4-1-2. Overall, after Monday’s win, the Vikings were 7-2-3.