For the second game in a row, Evergreen had plenty of good scoring chances.
However, only once could the Vikings get one in the net as they fell to Cardinal Stritch 4-1 in a boys soccer contest at Pifer Field Saturday.
The Vikes’ first great chance came just six minutes into the game when Austin Lumbrezer’s crossing pass found Ben Schwan down the right side, but Schwan’s shot on goal was just wide right.
Stritch took advantage of a scrum in front of the Viking net on a corner kick and Brennan Kennedy scored on a rebound with 18:17 left in the half for the game’s first goal.
Schwan had two more chances in the next five minutes to knot the score.
The senior’s right to left move and then left-footer from about 15 yards out beat the goalie but went just wide of the right post.
Then his shot from the right – again on a feed from Austin Lumbrezer – went over the crossbar.
Evan Lumbrezer had a chance to score with just over nine left but was also just wide.
Stritch moved ahead 2-0 with 3:40 to go when Vinny Borragina scored on an indirect free kick.
Kennedy’s score a minute into the second half made it 3-0, but Evan Lumbrezer’s shot from out front countered that goal and got the Vikings within two.
Evan Lumbrezer had two more high quality chances to bring the Vikes closer or tie, but goalie Sean Michaels made a MLS quality save on the sophomore’s bullet from the right side and then corraled his penalty kick with nine minutes to go in the match to keep the Vikings off the board again.
With Evergreen in attack mode, Kennedy slipped behind the Viking defense for his third goal of the game late for the final Stritch tally.
Evergreen got 12 shots on goal for the game. Viking goalie Jon Burnep had seven saves.
Evergreen visits Paulding Tuesday and plays at home Thursday against Liberty Center.
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