2013 week 6
Week 6 for the Vikings is disappointing
The Vikings began their week hosting the Springboro Panthers. The starting 11 was Roark in goal, Siroki, Cardenas, Zech, Schacherer, and Bussard on defense, Eshbaugh, Affini, Schenck, and Brundage, at midfield, Alsalhi as the lone striker. This was the 3rd GWOC South league game for both teams and both needed a win. The game began at a quick pace with the Vikings using their quick passing to put a lot of pressure on the Panthers defense. The Vikings defense was having no trouble with the Panthers counter attack and able to pass their way out of their own defensive third several times. Coach Randolph had a game plan to play a double sweeper to slow down the Panthers passing game but the pressure they gave us was something he felt we could handle with our regular formation so a switch was made back to our regular set. The game was very back and forth with both teams getting shots off. The Vikings seemed to have more of the possession but Springboro would not let them score in the first half. Score at halftime was 0-0 with both teams feeling good. Roark had 5 saves in the first have and the Panther keeper had 9. The 2nd half was different Springboro made the defensive adjustments necessary to slow down the Viking attack. The possession became more equal but the Panthers shots were more accurate. Roark had 9 saves in the second half and kept a shutout. The Vikings only got 4 shots on goal in the 2nd half and none went in. Final score 0-0. Good games were had by Roark, Zech, Siroki, Eshbaugh, Affini, Brundage, and Alsalhi.
The 2nd game of the week had the Vikings hosting the Chaminade Julienne Eagles. The starting 11 was Roark in goal, Siroki, Zech, Schacherer, and Bussard on defense, Eshbaugh, Affini, Schenck, and Cardenas at the midfield, Teaney and Alsalhi up top. The game began with the Vikings dominating possession. Their quick passing game made the Eagles chase the ball all over the field. About midway through the first half the game settled into a long ball game with both teams thinking they could counter attack quickly and out run the defenses. Several good opportunities were had by both teams but none found the net. Roark had 5 saves in the first half to 8 by the CJ keeper. Coach Randolph urged his team to get back to their game and use their quick passes to gain quality opportunities. He felt they had a lot of great play on the outside with Schenck and he had provided the chances with no one crashing the net. He also felt our man marking was very bad when tracking back into our own half. The 2nd half began and the Eagles got on the board just 8 minutes in with a nice shot from a counter attack that found the Viking defender Hustling to catch a faster player. The Vikings never quit and picked up the pace of play but CJ matched their intensity for most of the 2nd half. The Vikings pushed hard and had many chances to tie the game but none would fall. Game ended 1-0 CJ. Good games by Roark, Siroki, Bussard, Schacherer, Schenck, Cardenas, Affini, McCoy, Alsalhi.
The JV team has been playing very well as of late. The skill of each player is growing. Their record is 3-9-0