Proctor 4, North Branch 1 Things went off the rails for the Viking boys soccer team in their opener against Proctor. The Vikings gave up two goals in the game’s first three minutes. A lack of discipline led to four yellow cards throughout the game for the Vikings, and they went on to lose 4-1. The game was played at Proctor on Friday, August 23.
Noah Schwartzrock assisted on Mason Maroschek’s goal later in the half to cut the Rails’ lead to 2-1. But miscommunication between Viking keeper Tanner Bollman and the defense led to a steal and an easy goal for Proctor just before halftime, pushing their lead back to two goals at 3-1. “That goal was a little demoralizing, to say the least” said Viking head coach Jake Borash. “And I was surprised there were no fights on the field in this one.” The Rails added another goal in the second half to cement the 4-1 win. North Branch 1, Legacy Christian 1 (O.T.) In their home opener on Tuesday, August 27, the Vikings trailed 1-0 at halftime to the Legacy Christian Lions. But they played better in the second half after switching up their formation. Harrison Toussaint passed to Wyatt Peek just outside the top of the Lions’ 18-yard box. Peek faked a shot, the keeper went flying past and Peek scored to tie the game at 1-1. Neither team scored in overtime, so they settled for the tie. Brooklyn Center 3, North Branch 0 The strategy going into the game against the Brooklyn Center Centaurs was to keep Centaurs star Simeon Dossen from getting the ball. But Dossen controlled the ball quite a bit and scored on two beautiful shots to lead Brooklyn Center to a 3-0 win over the Vikings last Thursday, August 29 at North Branch.
Viking head coach Jake Borash said “We went into the game with a lot of confidence. But a few things didn’t go our way. We had some mistimed tackles that resulted in penalties and injuries. And we gave up an irritating goal.” The goal Borash was talking about came from a shot from far out by Dossen. Viking goalie Tanner Boillman managed to tip it. The ball hit the crossbar and the Centaurs knocked home the rebound for a 1-0 lead. In the second half, Dossen scored on a great shot from 35 yards out to put Brooklyn Center up 2-0.
Later in the half, the Centaurs scored on a weird goal. One of the Viking players obliterated a Brooklyn Center player in the Viking box, and just about everyone stopped playing as they waited for a penalty kick to be assessed. But the ref didn’t call a foul. One of the Centaurs, who was in an offside position, stopped the ball and knocked it in the net for a goal. As the Vikings protested, one of the Vikings told his teammates to “Shut up, Red.” (referring to the Vikings’ red uniforms). But the ref thought the player said “Shut up, ref” and issued an immediate red card, killing any chance of the Vikings getting back into the game.
Soccer Stuff The Vikings (0-2-1) host the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets tonight at 6 p.m. at North Branch High School. On Saturday, they will welcome the Zimmerman Thunder to town for a 1 p.m. matinee. And next Tuesday, September 10 they will head up to Princeton to take on the Tigers at 6 p.m.