Northgate Boys Soccer Recap: Vikings Finish Second in Region Standings

Northgate Boys Soccer Recap: Vikings Finish Second in Region Standings

Coby Washo, Staff Writer

The Northgate boys soccer team went winless in their first five games of the 2019 season. These games did not matter however, as they did not affect Northgate’s standings for the state playoffs. As for the games that did matter, the Vikings were much more successful.

Northgate’s first region game was an 8-1 blowout in favor of the Vikings against Douglas County, who had come from behind to beat the Vikings the past two years in a row. Ironically, Douglas County went up 1-0 in the early minutes of the match, then Northgate came from behind and scored 8 unanswered goals. The Vikings then followed up that victory with a 10-0 win against Creekside, ending the game early as part of the “10-0 mercy rule.” Their next two games against South Paulding and New Manchester would be closer in score, but would still be 2-0 and 4-0 wins for the Vikings.

Sitting at 4-0, Northgate took on Alexander, who were also undefeated in region play at the time. Alexander went up 1-0 early, but Josh Burks score put the game at 1-1 with less than 10 seconds left in the second half. The second half would be highly contested and very physical, but the Vikings would come away with a 2-1 win thanks to a goal by Noah Kvidt. The Vikings, now 5-0 in the region, were in a good position to be region champs. Even after a tough 2-1 loss to Tri-Cities, the Vikings just had to win their next two games against Langston Hughes and Mays to ensure that they finish first in the region.

In the game against Langston Hughes, Northgate controlled the game by keeping possession of the ball for a majority of the game, but with Langston Hughes’ strategy of staying back and defending their goal at all costs, the game would go scoreless through the entire 80 minutes of regulation time and 15 minutes of overtime. In the most heartbreaking fashion possible, the Vikings would then fall to Langston Hughes in penalty kicks. First place was still a possibility for Northgate, as they just needed Alexander to lose one more region game, but they didn’t. After a 6-0 win against Mays, Northgate would lock up second place in the region, which is still a decent spot to be in for state playoffs, and much better than their #4 seed the season prior to this one.