|9/18/2020 10:46:00 AM|
An even 2-2-2 record for Vikings as they work down the stretch
North Branch 5, Becker 0
The Viking boys’ soccer team, who only scored twice in their first three games, went on a scoring binge against the Becker Bulldogs. Noah Schwartzrock scored twice and three other Vikings each scored once as the Vikings shut out the Becker Bulldogs 5-0 Tuesday, September 8 at Becker High School. The Vikings scored once in the first half but poured it on in the second half. In addition to Schwartzrock, the Vikings also got goals from Harry Toussaint, Grant Kennedy, and Aaron Maroschek. Schwartzrock also had two assists. Kennedy had one assist and goalkeeper Tanner Bollman also had an assist.
“We played with a lot of confidence in the second half,” said Viking head coach Jake Borash. “Becker is a young team. We worked hard and they couldn’t keep the ball away from us. The big lead enabled us to get some of our bench players more playing time late in the game. Another positive is that we scored in five different ways, including set plays, free kicks, crossing balls and through balls. Out threats came from all over the place. It was awesome!”
North Branch 4, Cambridges/Isanti 1
Playing at Cambridge-Isanti High School last Friday night, the Vikings scored seemingly at will for the second game in a row. Noah Schwartzrock and Grant Kennedy scored two goals apiece to lead the Vikings to a 4-1 win over the Cambridge/Isanti Bluejackets. Dylan Beaver assisted on one of the Vikings’ goals.
Viking head coach Jake Borash said “We played the most confident soccer I have seen out of our players in the past few years. Unfortunately, when we got up 3-0, our confidence turned into arrogance. When Cambridge scored to cut the lead to 3-1, it snapped us out of our arrogance and back to playing confidently. We scored the final goal with just under a minute left in the game.”
Princeton 3, North Branch 0
The Vikings struggled to contend with the speed of the Princeton Tigers’ lightning-fast striker, Cooper Nowak. Nowak scored twice to lead the Tigers to a 3-0 win over the Vikings Monday, September 14 at Princeton.
Nowak scored a freebie goal in the first half and used his speed to add another tally in the second half. “We had a man marking Nowak early,” said Viking head coach Jake Borash. “But after they got the lead, we needed to work to tie the game, so we couldn’t afford to use an extra man to stick with him. We played more as individuals instead of as a team in this one. We tried to force some plays that didn’t happen, and it just went downhill from there.”
The Vikings (2-2-2) will head to Big Lake High school to take on the Hornets (0-5-1) tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Next Tuesday, September 22, the Vikings will return to their home field after five straight road games, hosting the Becker Bulldogs (1-4-1) in a 7 p.m. rematch.
Whether or not there will be playoffs for this COVID-shortened season is still unknown. The MSHSL will likely decide either later this week or early next week.
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