Vikings win 4-1 vs. Kingsley
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity boys soccer team from Grayling High School bounced back from two recent losses with a 4-1 nonconference victory vs. the Kingsley Stags on Wednesday night during a contest played in Viking Stadium.
Grayling scored first. At the 32:28 mark, approximately 7.5 minutes into the game, Mason Manning kicked the ball into the net on a pass from Gabriel Nano.
The Vikings led 1-0.
Later, with 7:33 left in the first half, Grayling had a penalty kick opportunity and Nano converted it, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
At halftime, the score was still Grayling 2, Kingsley 0.
The Vikings scored their third goal of the contest with 7:01 left in the match; Manning kicked the ball past the keeper into the net for his second goal of the night.
Approximately three minutes later, Nano scored his second goal of the contest, giving the Vikings a 4-0 advantage with 4:07 remaining.
The Stags scored their only goal of the contest with a penalty kick at the 1:36 mark.
The Vikings won by a final score of 4-1.
The victory followed a 4-3 loss on Monday night vs. Charlevoix, a game during which Grayling had a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes left to play.
Coach Brad Wagner said the two teams for Wednesday’s game – Grayling and Kingsley – were “evenly matched, skill wise,” and it came down to who wanted the ball more.
“After our meltdown on Monday that was a good response,” Coach Wagner said. “It really came from just challenging every play. Our guys worked harder to get the ball.”
“I thought Mason played his best game of the season, played better than he’s played all season. Our midfield did a good job of controlling play and distributing. Sammy (Davis) does such an awesome of anchoring the back line,” Coach Wagner said.
The Vikings will play in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s District 48-3 tournament this week. The tournament will feature squads from Benzie Central, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Grayling, Kingsley, and Traverse City Christian. Grayling High School is the host site for the tournament, with the exception of a couple first round games.
The Vikings opened their 2017 postseason run with a round one District 48-3 game against the Benzie Central Huskies – the only squad in the bracket that Grayling did not play against during the 2017 regular season – on Monday, Oct. 16. Grayling High School hosted the contest. The Vikings won 5-1, earning them a spot in the semifinals. See next week’s Crawford County Avalanche for more on the Benzie Central game.
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Grayling will battle Boyne City at 7 p.m. at Viking Stadium in the District 48-3 tournament’s semifinal round. The district championship game is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at Grayling High School.