2014 week 3
Vikings vs Butler
The Vikings traveled to Vandalia to take on the undefeated Butler Aviators. The Starting eleven for the Vikings was : Roark in Goal, Maxwell, Zech, McCoy , and Schacherer on defense, Eshbaugh, Affini, Bussard, and Cardenas at the Halfback ,and Schenck and Teaney at forward.
The Vikings began strong establishing possession in the middle of the field and playing with intensity. The quick passing and off the ball movements were the best the Vikings had played to date. With 27 minutes to play in the half Schenck and Bussard connected on a give and go putting Bussard one on one with a Butler defender , he did a quick stepover move to create his shot and placed the ball nicely into the side netting for a 1-0 lead. A quick 8 minutes later the Butler Defense fouled a hard charging Cardenas inside the Box for a Viking PK. Affini stepped up to beat the keeper easily and give them a 2-0 lead and a ton of confidence. The Aviators would not give up scoring 5 minutes later to take the teams to halftime at 2-1. The second half began and Butler turned up their intensity and possession putting pressure on the Viking Defense and Roark . Roark had an outstanding game with 22 saves , 11 a half. With 2 minutes to go in the game and the score still 2-1 the Aviators found their equalizer from a follow on a Roark save. “Will made the first save and their player beat our defense to the rebound to finish it” stated Coach Randolph. This gave the Aviators a huge boost in confidence and their constant pressure had the Vikings just clearing the ball long without any possession. With 44 seconds to go a long clearance into the Aviators half gave a Viking forward a chance at winning the ball . His slide into the defender produced a foul and a free kick from deep in the Aviators half. Coach Randolph instructed his players to step forward hoping for a offside call but that proved to be the incorrect tactic and a Aviator forward out sprinted the defense to head the ball past Roark for the game winning goal. Aviators 3 Vikings 2.
Great game by : Roark , Eshbaugh , Affini, Bussard ,Schenck, Cardenas, Brundage, McCoy, Dales, Zech, Schacherer, and Teaney
JV lost 5-0