2013 week 2
Week 2 is complete for the Vikings.
The Vikings traveled to Fairmont to try and maintain their perfect record with a starting 11 of : Roark in goal , Zengel , Zech , Bussard , and Schacherer at defense , Affini , Eshbaugh , Schenck , And Cardenas at Midfield and Teaney and Alsalhi up top. This was not the Vikings night right from the start. The Firebirds scored early and often against the Vikings. Coach Randolph stated “It seemed like every player on our team had an off night. Our passes were not crisp, our first touch was heavy, and our man marking was terrible. “The first half ended 5-0 Firebirds . Coach Randolph told his players at halftime that the real Vikings needed to show up the second half. He felt if we could somehow get our rhythm and play our game instead of chasing them around we had a chance to get back in the game eventually. The Vikings played a better 2nd half only giving up 1 more goal but they were never dangerous in this game. Bad night for each player against a very good Fairmont team. They made us pay for our mistakes like a good team should. An injury ended senior Patrick Zengels season. Patrick was last season’s top award winner with the coveted Viking award and the team will miss his tenacious play and great defensive leadership.
The Vikings came home to play a very good Northmont team. In this game the Vikings seemed like themselves again. Passing the ball quickly and moving for each other. The Defense was doing very well and the offense was getting chances. Both teams seemed evenly matched and it looked like it would be a tight game right down to the end. With just 10 minutes left in the first half the TBolts earned a free kick within the 18 yard box on a high foot call (Indirect). The Vikings held tight and attempted to clear the ball after the wall did its job. Unfortunately another high foot was called trying to clear it. The TBolts took advantage of the second call at basically the same spot and put themselves up 1-0. The half ended 1-0 Northmont. Coach Randolph told his players at halftime to remain focused and continue to play our game. “We needed to play the same way as the first half but with a quicker pace. Quicker passes and quicker shots.” The 2nd half was a back and forth battle with the Vikings playing fast and pressuring the Tbolt defense. Both teams had opportunities but the Vikings seemed to have the momentum. With time running out and the Vikings pressuring him up the field the Tbolts counter attacked and scored the game sealing goal with 50 seconds remaining. 2-0 Northmont victory. Coach Randolph said after the game “I am so proud of how my team bounced back after the last game. We played very well tonight and lost to a very good team. I am not disappointed in our effort tonight and believe we showed who we really are as a team. “Good games were had by Roark, Zech, Bussard, Siroki, Schacherer, Affini, Eshbaugh, Schenck, Cardenas, Teaney, Alsalhi
The Vikings hosted the Sydney Yellow jackets on a hot afternoon game for the 3rd game of this week. The Vikings came out ready to play and put a lot of pressure early on the Yellow jackets defense. The quick passing game had them in their half for most of the first 15 minutes. The Sydney defense was bending but would not break. The play seemed to even out after that with Sydney gaining confidence and getting some possession and a couple of chances of their own. The 1st half ended 0-0 and a very good match between the two teams. Coach Randolph told his players they needed to play quicker like they did in the first part of the game. He also stated that he felt a rain storm would be coming soon and with us starting the 2nd half if we got rained out it would count as a complete game. He asked his players to score quickly and put a lot of pressure on them in their half hoping to capitalize on a mistake. The 2nd half began and very quickly the Thunder came and a 40 minute delay in play with the score still 0-0. When Play resumed the Vikings attacked with a fierce pace and 10 minutes later a nice through pass from Kip Schenck put Ibrahim Alsalhi 1 v 1 on the goalie from 12 yards out. “Abe “finished nicely giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead and 24 minutes to play. The Vikings continued to attack but couldn’t find the 2nd goal. Sydney would not give up and the last 5 minutes gave the Viking defense all they could handle pressuring to tie the game. Junior Will Roark would keep the score sheet clean again today for his 3rd shutout of the season. Good games were had by Roark, Siroki, Zech, Bussard, Schacherer, Affini, Eshbaugh, Schenck, Cardenas, Brundage, Reeser, Teaney, Alsalhi