They did just fine, scoring three goals in the second half as they defeated the Titans 4-1 Tuesday afternoon.
ìWeíre always happy to walk out of here with a win,î said coach Eric Landon. ìYou can never complain about that.î
The Lady Vikings started the first half in a rhythm, controlling the ball on Syracuseís side of the field while waiting for opportunities to score. Halfway through the first half, Kacie Hansen scored on a line drive thanks to a pass from Aleesha Flandro, and the Vikings were up 1-0.
The score remained the same going into the half, but Viewmont quickly scored another goal just minutes into the second half of play. Caitlin ìCookieî Cook came out as the scorer this time, as she received an assist from Senior Captain Jamee Dyches to put the Vikings up two.
ì(Dyches) is a great player for this team,î said Landon. ìSheís usually able to put up a lot of scoring opportunities for us, but in this game she really set up some great scoring chances.î
Dyches was all over the field nearly all game long. With 11:30 left in the first half, she almost picked up an assist when she passed off to Erica Randall, but Randall barely missed when her shot sailed over the crossbar. Dyches had many breakaway opportunities in the second half as well, as one of her shots went by the left post and another went barely past the right side of the net.
After Syracuse scored a goal to cut the deficit in half, Viewmont quickly responded with another goal off the foot of ìCookieî Hanson with an assist from Jessica Madsen to put the Vikings back on top by two.
The Titans almost cut the deficit back to one again with 3:30 left in the second half, but a great heads-up play by Chelsea Wallace prevented them from scoring. As Syracuse was threatening, goalkeeper Carly Hutchings came out of the box to prevent the initial shot. However; the ball rebounded off of her, giving the Titans an open shot at the net. Thatís when Wallace stepped in front and kicked the ball away just before crossing the goal line.
After a yellow card was issued to the Titans goalkeeper for what she thought was a foul, she was taken out for the remainder of the contest. It proved costly, as Ali Forsberg scored on a direct kick just 30 seconds later to put the Vikings up three. Syracuse never received another scoring chance.
ìI think we couldíve scored a lot more goals than we did,î said Landon after the game. ìWe had plenty of chances in both halves that couldíve led to eight or nine goals, but a win is a win and weíll take it.î