September 12 Sports Recap

By Joey Squeri

Field hockey

The field hockey team (2–1) outlasted their archival Wootton Patriots in a 1–0 victory on Monday behind a dominant team effort.

Photo courtesy of Mike Lenkin.
Photo courtesy of Mike Lenkin.

Wootton, last year’s state finalists, beat Whitman handily last year 5–1, but were shutout by the Vikes’ team defense in this year’s rematch.

“We knew they were a really strong team. Last year they made it to states,” forward Clare Hisle said. “Knowing this really pumped each other up so we started off strong.”

The combination of the squad’s stingy defensive line and Goalie Frances Storey has only allowed one goal throughout three games this year.

The Vikes offense contributed the game’s lone goal which was scored by Hisle, who broke the 0–0 draw with the eventual game-winning goal set up by midfielder Hannah Lenkin.

“I had a really good pass from Hannah that crossed the goal and set me up perfectly to hit the ball in behind the goalie,” Hisle said.

The Vikes next play Friday at home against Sherwood.

Boys soccer

The boys soccer team (3–1) rallied to beat the Blake Bengals 2–1 in a thrilling overtime finish.

After a scoreless first half, the Bengals scored the game’s first goal midway through the second half, and the Vikes found themselves down 1–0.

Despite the deficit, the team didn’t panic or change their playing style.

Photo by Matei Fawzy.
Photo by Matei Fawzy.

“The most important thing after falling behind was to continue working together and helping each other instead of putting them down,” midfielder Lars Crovetto-Soholt said. “We knew we were playing the right way and that eventually we would get results.”

Then, with just over two minutes left in the game, the team finally got their result when defender Kevin Kauffman scored a goal to tie the game and force overtime.

In overtime, the Vikes drew a penalty kick and forward Andreas Djurhuus took the shot and scored to seal the game.

The team’s next game is home against BCC on Wednesday.

Girls soccer

The girls soccer (1–0–1) came away with a 0–0 tie in the home opener against the Blake

Forward Alyssa Prill drives past a defender in a scoreless contest against the Blake Bengals. Photo by Jefferson Luo.
Forward Alyssa Prill drives past a defender in a scoreless contest against the Blake Bengals. Photo by Jefferson Luo.

The Vikes failed to capitalize on many scoring opportunities, with multiple shot attempts missing wide of the goal. The team’s defense shined after shutting down the opponent’s attack and limiting offensive opportunities throughout the contest.

The Vikings play at home on Saturday at 2:15 against B-CC.

Girls volleyball

The Volleyball team (2–1) fell to the Churchill Bulldogs 3–0, losing their first game of the season.

The Vikes fell in all three sets but kept all of them close, losing only by 26–24, 25–15, and 25–19. The squad was again led by Outside Hitter Olivia Personeni who moved the ball effectively around the court.

Despite the loss, the Vikes still had a strong team effort.

“We were able to communicate and not get down when we made mistakes,” Personeni said. “We were able to come back when we were down.”

The team plays the Einstein Titans Thursday at 6:30.