Chisago Lakes 2, North Branch 0 After Viking Aaron Maroschek tied the game 1-1 in the 56th minute, Wildcat Braydon Burds responded two minutes later by ripping a shot from the left edge of the penalty box 15 yards out into the upper right corner of the net to put the Wildcats back on top 2-1. The Wildcats added an insurance goal a few minutes later and beat the Vikings 3-1 at on Thursday, September 3 at Chisago Lakes High School.
The Wildcats dominated play in the first half, getting the majority of the scoring opportunities. Viking goalkeeper Tanner Bollman made some nice saves to keep his team in the game. Wildcat Spencer Nelson scores the only goal of the first half to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead going into the break.
Dylan Beaver assisted on the tying goal by Maroschek, but the tie vanished in the blink of an eye the goal by Burds. The Wildcats added an insurance goal in the 64th minute. Burds launched a free kick from just outside the top of the 18 yard box that looked like it was going to get inside the left post. Bollman made a nice diving save, but the ball bounced out into the right side of the penalty area. Wildcat Ryan Zaruba was in perfect position and knocked the ball into the wide open right side of the net to stretch the Wildcat lead to 3-1.
Viking head coach Jake Borash said “That was some rough soccer on our end. They controlled most of the game. Braydon Burds is a heck of a player He was everywhere. We resorted to dumping and running, but it didn’t work. It took us till we were down 3-1 to start playing decent soccer, but by then it was too late. We had dug ourselves too big of a hole. It took our guys too long to realize they can beat these teams. They need to believe it at the first whistle. We will start winning games when we realize that.”