Vikings fall to undefeated Walter Johnson 2–1 after controversial penalty call

By Michael Gorman

[score id=”46057″ align=”right”] The Walter Johnson Wildcats defeated the boys soccer team 2–1. The action-packed game finished with a last moment penalty kick to give WJ the win.

20 minutes into the game, Walter Johnson scored on a goal off of a long throw by their goalkeeper. The Vikes are used to being down early, having only scored first in their matches against B-CC and Mt. Saint Joe’s.

“We started the game timid because of WJ’s size advantage,” goalie Ian Atkinson said. “In the second half we found a groove and settled down, and (midfielder) Daniel Kjartannsson scored on a nice assist from Chris Whittle with 10 minutes left.”

The goal was Kjartannsson’s first of the season, although he’s been providing offensive opportunities for the Vikes all year.

The last 10 minutes brought excitement starting with Atkinson’s save on a Wildcat breakaway. On the ensuing corner kick, defender Matthieu Maciejewski was called for a handball, and a penalty was awarded.

After the final whistle blew, Chris Whittle received a red card for dissent and will not be able to play next week. The weakened lineup is not helped by starting midfielder Suraphael Mbonisi’s departure from the team.

“I think that tonight’s game is a turning point for us in the season,” Atkinson said. “Tonight united us as a team and we will take tonight’s loss and use it as an inspiration for the next eight games.”

The Vikings host Kennedy at 7:15 on Monday.