On Friday, September 5th, the Vikings Men’s Soccer team kicked off their first ever Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference home opener against the Concordia Thunder. The Vikings came out firing at the start of the match with Adam McKenzie scoring an early goal to put the Vikings up 1-0. Shortly thereafter, Andrew Speakman found the back of the net from a long free kick, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead. Later in the first half, the Vikings and the Thunder traded goals back and forth, with Zach Marchak finding the back of the net twice, putting the Vikings up 4-2 going into the second half.
Throughout the second half, the Vikings battled through multiple injuries, forcing some players to sub off, and others to play in new positions. Despite injuries and a late goal by Concordia, the Vikings were able to pull out the 4-3 victory in front of a fantastic home crowd. “The Men’s team is incredibly grateful for the support from the school and the community, and it was great to have so many fans at the game,” said Captain, Mark Wrubleski.
After Friday’s home opener, the Vikings travelled up to Edmonton for their first away game against the NAIT Ooks on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Vikings had a tough game, losing 8-1 to the nationally ranked team, with Nazheef Gangji scoring the only goal for the Vikings. Goalkeeper Avery Anderson was the player of the game. The Vikings now look to bounce back from the loss when they face off against the Kings Eagles in Edmonton this coming Saturday.
by Dillon Lehman, Vikings Men’s Soccer