Vikes nip Northwood late, 2-1

By Joe Blystone - For the Enterprise

The Evergreen girls soccer team picked up a victory over Northwood on Thursday. Asia Gensch took a pass from Anna Huntzinger and scored with just over five minutes left to break a 1-1 tie and give the Vikes a 2-1 win over the Rangers.

“We did not play very well at all against Liberty Center,” said Viking coach Josh Radel. “But tonight we came out and we were the aggressor against a good team. We didn’t get everything we wanted scoring wise, but we were aggressive to the ball and created our opportunities.”

After not cashing in on some early chances in the first 15 minutes, Grace Bryson stole a pass in the middle of the field and punched it to a streaking Gensch who beat the Northwood goalie with just under six remaining in the first half.

Evergreen outshot Northwood 10-1 in the first half but that number made an almost complete reversal in the second 40 minutes.

Northwood played mostly in the Viking end of the field and finally got a goal with 12 minutes left on a bumble-bee-like scrum in front of the net.

“We just didn’t get it cleared out of there,” said Radel. “We had a chance to make a play and just didn’t clear it.”

All that did though was set the stage for Huntzinger feeding Gensch for what proved to be the game winner a few minutes later.

The win was the third against five losses for Evergreen, tripling the total of victories in their rookie season of varsity competition last year.

“We keep improving,” explained Radel. “We made a big play to win a game. There have been a couple others where we have been close but tonight we made the play to win. I’m very happy with the girls and the progress we have made since we started the program back in the club stage. Our seniors were the girls who were in that initial stage of building the program and they are getting the rewards of winning games and seeing the improvement since the beginning stages.”

By Joe Blystone

For the Enterprise