Boys soccer dominates Churchill 4–0 to move on in playoffs

By Michael Gorman

Boys soccer dominated the Churchill Bulldogs 4–0 in the first round of the postseason. The Vikes displayed discipline and skill throughout the match, poking holes in a Bulldog defense that was hard to penetrate the last time these teams met.

Goals were scored by forwards Daniel Kjartannsson, Evan Goldsholle and Adam Deutchman—the latter scored twice within two minutes during the second half.

Coach Dave Greene said Kjartannsson’s opening goal was key as a source of momentum for the Vikes.

“They did the same thing they did when they beat us: they defended, and in the first half we had a lot of movement off the ball, we definitely had some chances,” Greene said, “Scoring the goal made them come out of what they were doing, and then it was our game.”

The Vikings had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the first half, keeping up offensive pressure and maintained ball control for most of the game, which led to many shots on goal. After about 15 minutes of play, midfielder Carlos Lovo had a chance just outside of the 18 yard box, but missed high. Seconds after that, he created had another chance, dribbling past a defender and putting in a low cross.

When Churchill regained ball possession, the Vikings always responded with a clamp down and forced a turnover. Creative work from wingers Johnny Schneider, Adam Deutchman and Daniel Kjartannsson, led to crosses, which finally led to goals.

Deutchman’s goals came in the middle of the second half: a diving header off a cross from forward Andreas Djurhuus, coming just a minute after a bottom corner shot off a rebound.

Deutchman credits his success to the ability of the Viking front three to pressure the Bulldogs’ defense, a theme that has continued throughout the season.

“We really pressured their backs—we knew they couldn’t really pass the ball, so we put on high pressure, and it led to us getting the ball in the final third,” Deutchman said. “When we did that, we just kept attacking, and we got some goals in the back of the net.”

The Vikings will travel to Walter Johnson for the next round of playoffs on Tuesday.