Vikings bounce back from early deficit, win playoff game 4-2
Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:55am caleb
Grayling defeats Boyne City 4-2 during varsity boys soccer round one District 34-3 game at Boyne Mountain on Thursday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Grayling Vikings – during their round one District 34-3 playoff game against the Boyne City Ramblers on Thursday, October 15 – didn’t get off to the best start, but they bounced back, and Grayling won 4-2. Boyne City hosted the contest at Boyne Mountain on a night that featured steady rain.
The Ramblers scored the first goal of the game 1:44 into the contest.
After approximately 12 scoreless minutes, Grayling tied the game with a goal by Eliot Boik. Anthony Harrington’s cross bounced off a Boyne City defender and Boik kicked the ball into the net.
With 23:48 left in the first half, Boik scored again, giving the Vikings a 2-1 advantage.
At the 18:42 mark, the Ramblers scored on a long distance shot into the upper right corner of the net, tying the score at 2-2.
With 3:26 remaining, Boik scored for Grayling on a direct kick just outside of the penalty box. It was Boik’s 39th goal of the 2020 season, putting him one short of the school record.
At halftime, the Vikings led by one goal, 3-2.
Grayling scored its fourth goal of the contest early in the second half. At the 37:52 mark, Andrew Walsh kicked the ball into the net for the Vikings.
Grayling goalkeeper Logan Cobb had two key saves after Grayling’s fourth goal to help preserve the two-goal lead. Neither squad scored in the last 37:51 of the second half, and the Vikings won 4-2.
“Shaky start by far,” Coach Andy Moore said. “I thought we played tight in the first few minutes but we responded after their goal.”
“I expected a low-scoring tight game. Back and forth, lots of chances for both teams,” Coach Moore said. “Eliot played a really good game. Anthony was all over the field for us. Alec (Gardiner) was solid on the back line all night. Logan made some big saves for us tonight.”
The victory earned Grayling a spot in the District 34-3 semifinals.
“Great win for us. On to Traverse City Christian on Monday,” Coach Moore said.
The Vikings ended their 2020 season with a 6-0 loss vs. Traverse City Christian in the District 34-3 semifinal round on Monday, October 19, during a game played in Traverse City.