Seven different players score for Vikings during 8-0 victory vs. Bobcats
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity boys soccer team from Grayling High School won 8-0 vs. the Houghton Lake Bobcats during a nonconference game played in Houghton Lake on Monday night, getting goals from seven different players in the match.
Grayling got on the scoreboard with a penalty kick goal by Ben Robbins at the first half’s 36:53 mark (just over three minutes into regulation). Approximately two minutes later, Anthony Harrington scored for the Vikings.
At the 28:54 mark, Robbins scored another goal, giving the Vikings a 3-0 advantage.
With 26:44 left in the first half, Mitchell Kuziel scored for Grayling on a header off of a corner kick by Robbins. A little more than two minutes later, Eliot Boik scored a goal for the Vikings.
At halftime, the Vikings had a 5-0 lead vs. the Bobcats.
Four minutes into the second half, Andrew Walsh scored a goal for Grayling. Jacob Schade scored for the Vikings on a rebound off of the Houghton Lake goalkeeper. With 9:40 remaining in regulation, Louis Cotton scored Grayling’s eighth goal of the contest, ending the game due to point differential rules.
The Vikings won 8-0.
“Eight goals by seven different scorers, that’s a pretty balanced attack,” Coach Brad Wagner said. “When we control and possess the ball we create opportunity.”
The Vikings will play at Boyne City on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m.
Soccer team from GHS wins 6-0 at Cheboygan on Tuesday night
The GHS varsity boys soccer team won 6-0 vs. the Cheboygan Chiefs on Tuesday night during a nonconference contest hosted by Cheboygan High School.
The Vikings scored their first goal on a penalty kick by Ben Robbins after Mason Manning was fouled in the box. Gabriel Nano scored on an assist from Robbins, putting the Vikings up 2-0. Mitchell Kuziel scored on a pass from Anthony Harrington on a corner kick play for Grayling’s third goal.
Nano scored on an assist from Garrett Reilly. The score was 4-0 in favor of Grayling.
Harrington scored on an assist from Louis Cotton. Robbins scored Grayling’s sixth goal of the contest.
On Thursday, the Vikings won 7-2 at Harbor Springs. It was Grayling’s first Lake Michigan Conference game of the year.
“The fellas were brilliant on Thursday,” Coach Brad Wagner said. “Harbor was very dangerous and had great speed on their attack. Our defense did a great job of challenging the play in order to slow it down just enough for midfield support. It was a blast to watch.”
“The conference is tough. I think on any day any team can come out on top,” Coach Wagner said.
Nano scored Grayling’s first goal on an assist from Robbins. Harrington scored on an assist by Manning. Eliot Boik scored a goal on an assist from Robbins. Manning scored on an assist by Robbins. Harrington, on an assist by Cotton, scored Grayling’s fifth goal. The team’s sixth goal was scored by Manning on an assist from Reilly. Nano scored on an assist from Davis for the squad’s seventh goal.
“I love that there are so many different names on the score sheet. The fellas were sharp,” Coach Wagner said. “They were unselfish, fit, and trusted each other. That allowed for players to take chances knowing that one of their homies had their back. Our midfield played quick and calm and stretched our attack out, which led to scoring chances.”
Grayling (3-1 overall, 1-0 conference) will play at Boyne City on Thursday, Sept. 7.