Football and soccer teams bring home victories

Viking Adia Dolan during the game against Concrete.

The Vikings boys soccer team traveled on Sept. 29 to beat the LaConner Braves 7-1.

“We handled the game quite well, only conceding a penalty late in the game,” said Coach Matt Stolmeier, recalling it was the Braves who knocked the Vikings out of playoff contention last year in a bruising match. “Stand out player was Gerardo Jimenez who showed his attacking prowess by scoring four goals in 15 minutes. Other goal scorers include Wylie Kau, Michael Harlow and Steven Bodenhamer. Five of our goals had beautiful assists.”

On Oct. 1, the Vikings won 3-2 in a penalty shootout against Providence Classical Christian.

Stormier was very pleased with the win since Providence has out-scored the Vikings 27-1 in the previous two seasons.

Recounting the game, Stolmeier said, “The Highlanders scored first, Henry McMurray put a cross on the money for Wylie Kau to head the ball in the goal. The defense had an outstanding game, shutting down one of the most potent offenses in the league.  Dominick Wareham was given the task to man mark one of the fastest and most intelligent midfielders in the league and did a great job. After a second half Providence score, McMurray scored the tying goal from deep just minutes from the end of regulation.”

The game then went into Golden Goal Overtime, meaning the next goal wins, but defensive pressure by freshman Levi Moss helped disrupted Providence attacks. After the extra 10 minute period and no score, the game came down to a penalty shootout. Goal keeper Anthony Kaskurs who made two incredible full stretched diving saves to earn the win for the Vikings.

“After this match it became very apparent to both myself and coach Turner that this is possibly the most soccer savvy group Orcas has produced,” said Stolmeier.

On Oct. 3 the Vikings faced reigning State Champions Mt. Vernon Christian and lost 2-1.

“This loss still feels like a win for us,” said Stolmeier. “We competed against one of the toughest squads in the state with class and style. I couldn’t be prouder of these young men.”

This week Orcas plays Lopez and Cedar Park Christian.

The Lady Vikings soccer team got their first win of the season on Sept. 29 at a home game against the Concrete Lions, winning 4-2.

Five minutes into the first half and after a few shots on goal by the Vikings, Adia Dolan broke away and scored, taking the lead 1-0. A couple minutes later a penatly was called on the Orcas goalie after she attempted to cover a shot and collided with a Lion forward, resulting in Concrete converting on a penalty kick, evening the score 1-1.

Toward the end of the first half, a penalty was called on the Lions in their goalie box resulting in Haley Moss penalty kick to the corner net, taking the Viking lead 2-1. Concrete scored again after a shot slipped through the hands of the Viking goalie but the Vikings kept their composure and Dolan scored again on a break away, taking the lead 3-2 at half.

The Vikings controlled all aspects of the second half, but Dolan was not finished scoring as she launched a 42 yard bomb to advance the score 4-2 midway through.

Coach Chris Doherty said his team wanted the win.

“The girls came out and played really well,” he said. “They wanted to beat Concrete, they really did. Success. Their passing and passing back plus their use of the field was amazing.”

Orcas plays Mt. Vernon Christian and LaConner this week.

The La Conner Braves were neck and neck with the Orcas Vikings football team throughout a passionate game on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Vikings proved victorious with a 39-34 win against the previously undefeated Braves.

With 2:34 left in the fourth quarter, the Braves were up 34-33. The Vikings sealed their win with a long catch by TJ Hobie followed by a Vinny Kramer touchdown.

Other highlights of the game were three touchdowns by Viking Jordan Randolph and one by QB Miles Harlow.

Coach Justin Frausto called it a “great game” and said he was a proud coach.

On Sept. 29, the volleyball team lost 3-0 to the Darrington Loggers, and lost to the Concrete Lions, 4-2, on Oct. 2.

Down two sets to the Lions, Coach Rebekah Hardee watched her team rebound effort to win the third set, executing the “Commitment to Mastery.”

“It is the main focus of Positive Coaching Alliance training,” she said. “The “ELM” tree of ‘Effort, Learning Mastery’ and bouncing back from mistakes all lead to mastery of your sport. Instead of turning their focus on being down two games on the scoreboard, the girls fought back to win the third set 25-13.”

Stats for the game were: Bethany Hansen with 5 aces, 4 digs, 3 kills and 1 block; Lily Ater 4 kills, Katy Minnis 6 aces, 11 digs; Emily Nichols 3 aces, 1 dig, 4 kills; Parker Landsman 2 aces, 8 assists, 3 kills; Jessie Nichols 1 ace, 2 digs, 9 assists, 3 kills, 1 block.

This Saturday at the high school gym, join the Lady Vikings as they “Dig For a Cure” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to show support. JV serves at 1 p.m., varsity is 2:30 p.m.