The result, a 2-1 overtime loss to Layton, left the team with a lot of questions as to whether or not they will even make the state playoffs this year with only four games remaining in the Vikings’ regular season.
Viewmont hung on to a 1-0 lead in the first half thanks to the defensive efforts of the Vikings. Ali Forsberg, the team’s forward, scored the first half goal for the lead.
The defense was playing very well in the first half as they have been all year, holding many of its opponents to one or no goals.
The Lady Vikings’ defense remained stellar throughout the second half as well, not giving the Lancers many opportunities to score an equalizer. In the 15th minute, however, that all changed.
Abbey Kennedy was given the opportunity to get a free kick from near midfield. Her kick went high but fast, and started to drop down toward the goal but looked as if it was going to hit the crossbar or go barely over the net.
Neither happened. Instead, the ball went directly under the crossbar and over the hands of leaping goalkeeper Alex Cook to tie the game at one goal a piece.
Viewmont’s defense remained solid for the remainder of the second half, despite the odd goal, and sent the game into overtime.
The Lancers, who had played well defensively in their own right, didn’t take long to send the Lady Vikings’ fans home unhappy. With just three minutes gone in the first overtime, Lancer Jayne Robinson took a rebound off a Lancer shot and placed it high over the head of Cook for the game winning goal.
The Lady Vikings, now 7-3-1 on the season, have just 22 points with four games remaining on their schedule. After Thursday’s action, they sit in a tie for fourth place, which could force them into a tiebreaking game at season’s end.
Of the four games, they have one more against Region 1 leading Davis and another against Weber, who sits in third place after Thursday’s action.
The Vikings also played another Region 1 contest Thursday, winning that game 3-1 against Northridge.
Forsberg was a force again in the contest against the Knights as she had two goals.
Teammate Lizzy Rasmussen had a pair of assists to help the Vikings bounce back.
The win gives the Vikings an 8-3-1 record with 25 points in the region.
They are now eight points behind region leading Davis for first, and have leap-frogged over Layton for at least fourth place.
Layton lost its game against second place Fremont 5-1 earlier Thursday afternoon.
The Vikings next game will be against Roy on Tuesday then the Warriors for a possible chance at second place in Region 1 next Thursday.