Strong start leads to 7-0 victory vs. North Bay in home opener

Varsity boys soccer team opens 2020 season with two nonconference wins
In its home opener on Wednesday night, the varsity boys soccer squad from Grayling High School started strong with three goals in the first four minutes of regulation vs. North Bay United, and the Vikings won the contest by a final score of 7-0, improving the team’s overall record to 2-0.
Grayling scored its first goal of the game 43 seconds into the first half. Eliot Boik received a long throw-in from Anthony Harrington, dribbled through the defense, and shot past the goalkeeper.
Approximately one minute later, at the 38:21 mark, Jacob Schade dribbled, shot, and scored from close range after receiving a pass from Boik. 
With 36:17 left in the first period, three minutes after his first goal, Boik scored again for the Vikings.
Grayling led 3-0.
Later in the half, Schade scored again, kicking a rebound into the net after the goalkeeper deflected his previous shot attempt. Schade scored his third goal of the contest with 11:22 remaining in the first half.
With 6:57 left in the half, Boik scored for the Vikings on a penalty kick.
At halftime, Grayling led 6-0.
Neither squad scored for the first 38:41 of the second half. With 1:19 remaining in regulation, Boik scored for the Vikings.
Grayling won by a final score of 7-0.
Coach Andy Moore said the squad wanted to get off to a good start.
“That’s what we were looking for,” Coach Moore said.
Coach Moore said the team “struggled a little bit” during the middle of the first half but the players “rebounded just before half,” scoring three more goals in the 18 minutes prior to halftime.
“Definitely some things to work on as the season progresses,” Coach Moore said.
Coach Moore said Andrew Walsh played well filling in at goalkeeper for the Vikings in the first half and “got rewarded by playing in the field the second half.” Mitchell Harrington played goalie for the Vikings in the second half and the two keepers combined for a shut-out.
Grayling’s 11 starters played all 80 minutes of regulation; the team did not have any substitutes available.
On Monday, the Vikings opened their 2020 season with a 6-1 nonconference win at Benzie Central.
Coach Moore said conditions on Monday were the same as Wednesday, hot temperatures and no substitutes available due to injuries. He said he wasn’t sure what to expect because the team wasn’t able to have any scrimmages before the season opener.
“They played well,” Coach Moore said. “We got out to a comfortable lead and got tired a little bit in the second half. They got tired at the end of the game but that’s to be expected.”
Boik had four goals for the Vikings at Benzie Central. Schade had one goal and Cameron Ketchum had one goal.
The Vikings (2-0 overall, 0-0 league) will host Cheboygan at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 3.

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