Soccer team wins 3-1 in league match at Charlevoix
They trailed by three goals. They caught up. They trailed by one goal. They tied it up again. Time ran out. Another tie for the Vikings, their third of the 2017 season.
The varsity boys soccer team from Grayling High School battled the Alcona Tigers on Tuesday night during a nonconference contest hosted by the Vikings. It was an eventful match.
Grayling had consistent pressure on Alcona’s defense in the first half, but Alcona was able to capitalize on two scoring chances and the Vikings were not able to finish during the first 40 minutes of the contest.
At halftime, the Tigers led 2-0.
Alcona scored on a penalty kick early in the second half to lead 3-0.
“We continued to possess, continued to pass. They were just clogging the middle, the penalty area. We had to go around them, try to stretch them out,” Coach Brad Wagner said.
Grayling scored on a penalty kick by Gabriel Nano. The Vikings got another goal from Nano and a goal from Anthony Harrington, tying the contest at 3-3.
With less than a minute left in the game, the Tigers scored to lead 4-3.
“They scored on a breakaway with 50 seconds left,” Coach Wagner said.
Grayling scored a game-tying goal with less than a second left on the clock. Nano put the ball in the net for the Vikings.
“Our kids don’t quit,” Coach Wagner said.
The game ended in a 4-4 tie. Due to new Michigan High School Athletic Association rules, regular season soccer games no longer feature overtime or shoot-outs to break ties.
It was Grayling’s third tie of the year.
“Our passes were clean, we were possessing the ball. They’re a talented team. They have two guys who play up top, they’re dangerous. Their keeper does a great job, too,” Coach Wagner said.
On Thursday night, the Vikings won 3-1 vs. the Rayders at Charlevoix in a Lake Michigan Conference game.
All four goals came late in the match.
“It was 0-0 with 20 minutes left. We kept feeling like it was going to happen. We had a lot of opportunities. We missed the net on a (penalty kick) and we had a couple runs deep in their zone. They had a solid back line that was preventing us from finishing,” Coach Wagner said.
Nano scored on an assist from Mitchell Kuziel. Nano also scored Grayling’s second goal. Harrington scored for the Vikings on a pass from Mason Manning.
The Rayders scored their only goal “with about a minute left,” Coach Wagner said.
The Vikings (5-1-3 overall, 2-0-2 league) will host Boyne City at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2.