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October 18, 2019

9/19/2019 3:13:00 PM
Vikings still battling to create consistent offense

Princeton 3, North Branch 0
“It just wasn’t a good night,” said Viking girls’ soccer head coach Josh Kopp after the Vikings lost 3-0 to the Princeton Tigers at home Tuesday, September 10.  “We beat Princeton last year.  Maybe our players were distracted by all of the things going on at school.  Maybe we didn’t have enough respect for them.  Whatever the reason, we were not prepared to play a team we should have had a better result against.  We gave up some weak goals, weren’t executing in the attacking third of the field and ended up paying for it.”

The Vikings gave up a goal in the first minute of the game but kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for the rest of the half – putting themselves in a position to turn things around in the second half.  But Princeton came out and scored in the first minute of the second half, as well.  They scored again a few minutes later to make it 3-0, and the Vikings didn’t respond.
Duluth Marshall 6, North Branch 0
The weather didn’t cooperate much when the Vikings headed up to Duluth last Saturday to play the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers, last year’s section champion.  There were two rain delays and, when it was all over, the Vikings lost 6-0.

After a delayed start due to the weather, Marshall scored two goals in the first four minutes of the game.  At the eight-minute mark, the game was delayed for over an hour because of lightning.  Right after the delay, the Vikings had a couple of good scoring opportunities, but didn’t convert.  The Hilltoppers scored again later in the half, added a goal on a penalty kick right before halftime and scored two more times in the second half.

“They are definitely the best team we have played so far this year,” said Viking head coach Josh Kopp.  “They moved the ball around well and got some players forward that caused problems for us.  The goals they scored were good goals.  But we were able to move the ball and create some scoring opportunities.  The girls were able to see that they could play with a good team like Marshall.”
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The youthful Vikings (3-6) will host Monticello tonight at 6 p.m. at North Branch High School.  They will head north to Proctor to play the Rails on Saturday at noon.  And on Monday, they will travel to St. Francis to take on the Fighting Saints at 6 p.m.

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