Viking men’s soccer team relished the underdog role on Saturday, Sept. 26, beating the University of Mary 1-3 in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Following a loss to Montana State University on Thursday, Sept. 24, the team met up to discuss a tough start to the season and ultimately how they would rally behind each other to find a new beginning.
The meeting paid off, and the Vikings rose to the occasion for a season high number of goals against the UM Marauders.
“It was one of the best games we’ve played since I’ve been here,” senior Kurtis Pederson said.
Scoring started in the 19th minute when junior Adam Talley scored his second goal of the season.
“We played like a family, overall it was a really good performance,” Talley said.
Pederson wasted no time scoring the deciding goal, beating the keeper just two minutes later. The goal was the first for Pederson this season.
The Marauders scored before the half ended, making it 2-1 at the break.
Junior Eleazar Galvan then found the back of the net in the 54th minute scoring with a bicycle kick; from there the Vikings could coast.
Sophomore Luke Olney assisted two of the Viking goals and senior Jeremy Wentzel assisted the third.
Junior goalkeeper Tyler Visten played another solid match saving 10 shots, compared to the Marauders’ one save.
The Vikings return home on Thursday, Oct. 1 to face their conference rival Seattle Pacific University at 7 p.m. in hopes of picking up their second GNAC win and staying in contention for a playoff berth.