by Marty Zier
The boys’ soccer team won its district championship game 2-0 versus the Cedar Park Christian Lions in Shoreline on Oct. 24.
“This was a fun challenge,” said Coach Terry Turner. “The Lions have shown themselves to be able to pull off the biggest upsets and they always have an interesting tactical approach … The first half was a back and forth battle, but the tie was broken by prolific striker Levi Moss just before halftime, his 22nd goal of the season.”
The battle continued in the second half.
“Cedar Park came out hard, challenging for every ball, but we stuck to our normal game plan of high-pressure defense, precise passing and ball possession,” said Turner. “We sealed the win with a second goal late in the second half. Defender Dominic Wareham came forward on a corner kick and scored a perfectly executed header on a precisely flighted cross from winger Ethan White. This was one of the best, most memorable goals in season.”
The win retained the Vikings’ position at the top of the Northwest 1B/2B League to win the Division Title and was their fourth shutout in a row.
The Orcas Vikings play Life Christian Academy from Tacoma in their first bi-district playoff game on Monday, Oct. 30 at Anacortes High School. The Life Christian Academy Eagles are currently ranked third in the state at 11-2-1, with Orcas Vikings ranked fifth at 11-3-0.
The Lady Vikings wrapped up their season last week with losses to Mt. Vernon Christian and Friday Harbor.
The Vikings lost to the Hurricanes 6-1 in Skagit Valley on Oct. 24. A fast Hurricane team kept Orcas on their heels but the gritty Viking team never gave up. Late in the game, Orcas defender Joie Zier was called for a hard foul, resulting in a penalty kick and Viking keeper Joanne Mietzner made the save of the day, perfectly anticipating a hard kick to the upper right corner of the net.
Although Coach Chris Doherty said this was not the best overall performance his team has had against Mt. Vernon Christian, he “saw moments where the team really jelled and passed well.”
Traveling to San Juan Island for the final game of their season, the Vikings lost to the Wolverines 2-0 but gave Friday Harbor a challenge they did not expect. At half the Vikings shut down the Wolverines 0-0, silencing the home crowd. It wasn’t until late in the second quarter that a breakaway Wolverine forward was able to score.
“Friday Harbor is a good team and to keep them scoreless at half was a victory for the girls as everyone could see,” said Doherty. “They came running off the field at half cheering, yelling and jumping like they had won the game.”
The Vikings ended the season (3-9) ahead of Concrete (0-12) and trailing Mt. Vernon Christian (6-6), Friday Harbor (10-2) and La Conner at (11-1).