Returning Parker leads charge in girls’ 11–10 victory over Churchill

By Michael Gorman

[score id=”43831″ align=”right”] The 5–1 Whitman Vikings outlasted the 4–2 Churchill Bulldogs Tuesday night at Churchill, winning a nail-biter 11–10. The Vikes were led by elite attacking performances from midfielder Eden Gray as well as captain midfielder Maddie Parker, who scored the game-winning goal.

Midfielder Jenna Hosker outruns a Churchill defender. The Vikes powerful offense has led them to a five game winning streak. Photo courtesy Shelly Dane.
Midfielder Jenna Hosker outruns a Churchill defender. The Vikes’ powerful offense has led them to a five-game winning streak. Photo courtesy Shelly Dane.

The Vikings entered the game hoping to get an early lead but were unable to gain momentum. They picked it up later in the half and continued the persevering spirit that has stayed with the team all season to pick up the win.

“It started out rough and we were down 5–0,” captain Ali Dane said. “But after Eden and Maddie scored the first two goals, we picked up the intensity and in the second half came back from a 7–3 [deficit]. We put everything we had into the game and left it all on the field.”

Gray put in another convincing effort for the Vikings as the first goalscorer, after the opening outburst from the Bulldogs.

Parker made her return after a neck injury, getting back to her old ways in magnificent fashion with four goals, including the game winner, while also making an impact on the defensive end.

The Vikings hope to continue their winning streak Thursday against the B-CC Barons.