Boys Soccer defeats Mount St. Josephs but falls to River Hill in first two games

By Michael Gorman

[score id=”45631″ align=”right”] [score id=”45637″ align=”right”] The boys soccer team started their 2015 season off with a 4–1 win last night against Mt. St. Joseph’s, but took a 3–1 loss against River Hill the next day.

In the first game, forward Andreas Djurhuus scored two goals and goalie Ian Atkinson only allowed one. Other players also added strong performances, including midfielder Chris Whittle and forward Daniel Kjartansson, who had one goal each.

“Overall, everyone played well,” Atkinson said. “The team we played was very good, but we were able to break their pressure several times and keep their players chasing.”

Midfielder Carlos Lovo was also satisfied with the performance.

“We stuck to our game plan of being direct while keeping possession, so we outplayed them,” Lovo said. “We played with a lot of intensity and speed, as long as we do that, every game will be in our favor.”

Although the Vikings clearly had command of the field, players still felt they could improve.

“We played well but we still have places to improve, especially organization on defense,” Djurhuus said. “For the game [tonight] we will look to play the same style of possession, tire out our opponents, and continue winning.”

The Vikes’ following game was a clash of champions: their opponent River Hill claimed the 3A state title last season.

The Vikings appeared to dominate, maintaining possession throughout. The team had many offensive chances but were only able to capitalize once with a goal by forward Evan Goldsholle.

Center-back duo Dylan Reid and Matthieu Maciejewski held off the River Hill attackers well, but the Hawks capitalized on almost any mistake the defenders made.

Coach Dave Greene wasn’t unhappy with the performance of the team, but definitely saw room to improve.

“We gave up three goals that we shouldn’t have given up. I thought we had about 90 percent possession–we did a great job of that–but we stalled out at about 25 yards [from the goal],” Greene said. “I’m only unhappy with the goals that we gave up. All in all, I’m happy with what we did.”

The Vikings hope to rebound Tuesday at Blake.