Vikings defeat short-handed Huskies 6-3 during season opener
Tue, 08/31/2021 - 2:01pm caleb
Varsity soccer team starts year with nonconference victory vs. Benzie Central on Tuesday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Both teams were short-handed for Tuesday night’s Grayling vs. Benzie Central varsity boys soccer game, a contest that the Vikings won by a final score of 6-3. Grayling High School hosted the match.
It was the 2021 season opener for the Vikings. The Huskies – a nonconference opponent – had only eight players for the game. Grayling had 11, playing 10 on the field at one time and using the 11th as a substitute.
With 22:40 left in the first half, Cam Baker scored a goal on a pass from Cameron Ketchum. A few minutes later at the 18:29 mark, Caleb Baker crossed the ball near the goal and Cam Baker deflected the ball into the net. With 17:36 left in the first half, Cam Baker scored on a penalty kick. The Vikings led 3-0.
Twenty seconds later, Benzie Central scored its first goal of the night. With 14:00 remaining in the first half, the Huskies scored again to pull within one, 3-2.
With 11:34 left in the first half, Cam Baker scored again, giving Grayling a 4-2 advantage.
Late in the first half, with 1:41 left on the clock, Maddox Mead received a pass from Caleb Baker near the goal, dribbled, and shot the ball into the net.
At halftime, Grayling led 5-2.
Eight minutes into the second half, Cam Baker scored on a rebound after the Benzie Central goalkeeper deflected a shot by Bryson Cobb.
Benzie Central scored its third goal of the contest with 16:20 left in regulation.
Neither squad scored during the final 16:19 of the contest and Grayling won 6-3.
Coach Andy Moore said the team responded well after Benzie Central pulled within one, 3-2, late in the first half, and he said the squad “possessed the ball well” overall during the contest.
“I really liked the play of the young kids. Cam Baker, obviously scoring five (goals) – freshman, first game – was amazing. Grant Dunham playing center defense as a freshman, his brother Drake (Dunham) as a defender,” Coach Moore said.
The Vikings will play at Cheboygan on Thursday, September 2.