by Marty Zier
The Viking boys soccer team (5-2) won four straight games starting with a huge victory over Friday Harbor on Sept. 20.
“It’s been a few years since we beat our friends in Friday Harbor,” said head coach Terry Turner. “They knocked us out of the playoffs last year, so this was a big, big win for us. One of our keys has been the tremendous quickness and energy that twin brothers Carlos and Rodrigo Erazo bring to every minute of play. It’s amazing how hard they go on both offense and defense all game. We also have one of the most talented ball handlers and play makers in the league in Levi Moss. With his play making and the attack of Ethan White, Geraldo Jimenez and Henry McMurray, we are really creating a lot of scoring opportunities.”
Following the win against the Wolverines, the Vikings beat Grace Academy 2-0 on Sept. 22.
“Sept. 27 was a 13-0 rout of La Conner at home,” said Turner. “The Orcas boys saw goals from an amazing tally of 11 different players, plus outstanding defending from Orcas goal keeper Kupono Anuenue getting his third clean sheet of the season. If you were to ask me who is making a difference this season, I’d have to list virtually my entire 20 man roster. We pulled virtually our entire starting lineup early in the game, but that did not stop the Vikings from continuing to dominate with their passing game and putting goals in the net.”
On Sept. 29, the Viking boys beat a surprisingly strong combined Cedar Park and Shoreline Christian squad 3-2 in an exciting comeback win for their fourth victory. Turner said it was a great win to get at home.
“I know the fans loved it, and it will be a great confidence booster for the players to stay strong and come from behind like that,” he said. “We proved to ourselves that if we stick to our game plan and play our brand of soccer, we can get these kind of hard fought results. Consistency game in and game out, continuing to improve, maintain focus defensively, possess the ball, and finish our chances on goal, this will be a fun and successful season. As always though, it’s got to be one game at a time.”
The Viking boys next take on Providence Classical Christian.
The Lady Vikings (1-3) soccer team had a tough week losing to Mt. Vernon Christian 10-0 and Friday Harbor 9-0.
After losing a couple varsity players due to injuries after the Concrete game, head coach Chris Doherty has the challenge to reinvent his now very young team.
“It’s quite a challenge to lose a key defensive player and our goalie and then face two the strongest teams in the league, but this is a great learning experience for the younger players to step up, take their new responsibilities and take the challenge,” said Doherty. “These girls can do it.”
The Vikings play Mt Vernon Christian this week.
On Sept. 24, the Viking football team continued the eight-man schedule and lost to the Lummi Nation, 61-24. The next scheduled games are Friday Harbor on Oct. 14 and Concrete on Oct. 21.
The Lady Vikings (1-5) won their first league game 3-0 against Shoreline Christian on September 27th. Prior to the victory, the Vikings dropped two of their matches to Friday Harbor and Darrington, both 3-0, and participated in a team-building tournament in Parkland/Tacoma.
Coach Rebekah Hardee saw the positive side of the two losses and felt the positive team momentum led to the team’s first win.
“In the Friday Harbor loss, the team showed significant signs of improvement and in the Darrington game, the girls came out strong and positive,” she said.
Hardee said the Vikings then traveled to Parkland/Tacoma for a tournament for the weekend.
“We were one of the smallest schools there to play,” she said. “Our focus was to play as much volleyball as possible and learn from everything. By the end of the day we were showing incredible signs of improvement. There was also an opportunity to focus on sportsmanship. This was voted on by the referees looking at the following criteria: playing fair and honest, team spirit and cooperation, following the rules of the game, respecting officials, coaches, teammates and opponents, and being humble and gracious. I am proud to say that out of the eight teams in the main gym the Lady Vikings were chosen to win the Sportsmanship Award that came with a scholarship of $200.”
This week, the ladies take on Mt. Vernon Christian.