Sarnia, ON – Spencer Charlton had two goals for
the Northern Vikings, as they defeat the SCITS Blue
Bombers 3-2 in LSSAA junior boys soccer from Tuesday
the original lead in the game coming early in the
first half. Tyler Rand would send a cross into the
box where Riley Eyer would put it passed Leonard
Ancheta to give the Bombers the early 1-0 lead.
would settle into a defensive game, stopping the
Vikings from getting any prime offensive chances at
the net, or making it difficult for the Vikings when
they did have the chance, making shots go wide or
high. SCITS would have a chance to take a 2-0 lead
but a bouncing ball would be kicked wide with
Ancheta out of position to make the same.
cost the Bombers, as the Vikings would capitalize on
a miss goal kick by SCITS keeper Zach Barons, who
only got a piece of the ball, sending it right to
Charlton who raced in, beating the Bombers keeper
low to tie the game at 1-1.
would strike again fast, as Charlton would pick up
his second of the half after Afridee Haque sent a
cross into the box that the Bomber defence couldn't
handle and Charlton put in for the easy goal, giving
Northern a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Bombers
keeper Barons would come up with two big saves to
end the half, first on Haque who got a penalty kick
that was pushed aside by Barons, and on a free kick
just outside of the box that Barons punched away to
end the half with the Vikings up 2-1.
second half the Bombers would bring the offensive to
the Vikings, but this time it would be Northern who
would take away the passing and shootings lanes as
they held onto their one goal lead.
prove beneficial to Northern as Dylan Wardell would
get the Vikings third straight goal early in the
half to give Northern the 3-1 lead.
would continue to fight for another goal, owning
possession of the ball for the better part of the
half. The sustained pressure would lead to a leading
pass into the box, where Tyler Rand would win the
race to the ball ahead of the Northern keeper and
put a sliding shot high enough to score, cutting the
lead to 3-2.
But it is
as close as the Bombers would get, as Northern would
hold on to the 3-2 victory.
is now 2-0 to start the season, but the team aspects
is still in the works.
"As a team
we are still not quite there," said Vikings coach
Nick Nienhois. "Individually every player is
executing well. We just need to piece it all
together to play as a team."
now 0-2 on the season after a loss to St. Clair. The
Bombers were short-handed in that game and had only
one substitution for the Northern game, and were
able to keep both games close.
awesome, they worked hard and had a lot of good
effort," said Nienhois. "A good hard fought game."
have Thursday off from LSSAA action while the
Vikings will travel to St. Christopher's to take on
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