Opening up the season with a bang, the Parkview Vikings faced new District opponent Glendale High School, losing 0-1. With the rain coming down, but the worst of it staying away, both teams had strong opportunities in the first half. The Viking defense played tough with Rudy Fotsch at sweeper, and the score was 0-0 at the 40 minute break. In the second half the Glendale attack came hard, but keeper Jon Malter made a handful of goal stopping saves, including a reaction dive to his left side as he pushed a ball just wide of the net in. Malter was a key to the Viking defense with solid play, quality adjustments on the wet field, and more than once leaving the net aggressively to make a save. After a foul call just outside the 18, Glendale’s Devon Newport (committed to Saint Louis University) slotted the set piece just over the wall and into the upper corner of the goal. Although the Vikings had opportunities even late in the second half, forwards Tim Griffin and Jared Moore were unable to get any extremely dangerous chances on goal. The Viking attack saw multiple crosses by Leland Ekstam that provided for some chances as well, but although Viking heads found the ball, they were ultimately unable to finish.
In the Junior Varsity match between Parkview and Glendale, the Falcon’s prevailed 3-0. The shorthanded Vikings felt their way through the early parts of the match, defending well and creating a few solid opportunities in the first half. The halftime score was 1-0 Glendale. The Vikings allowed a second goal early in half number two, but both Jordan Houseman and Tanner Bennett earned semi- breakaway chances as well. Houseman dribbled into the box with a defender on his back and was unable to get a clean hit on the ball on in what was probably the Vikings best chance to score. The Junior Varsity overall played a solid game, as they played solid defense and strong in the midfield throughout.
Pictured is senior forward Tim Griffin battling for the ball. Photo taken and provided courtesy of Steve “Ole” Olson, of www.sgfsoccer.com. Check out SGFSoccer for the rest of the evening’s soccer results.
The Vikings play their next match on Thursday, September 4th. The game will be played on the Parkview grass field, with the JV kicking off at 3:45, and the Varsity match to follow.