The Pelican Rapids boys soccer team went on the road Thursday night and took down the 2nd place (Section 8 and Lakes to Prairie Conference) East Grand Forks Green Wave in rainy, windy and snowy conditions, winning 2-1.
“Through the entire first half, East Grand Forks employed a strategy known as "parking the bus" where 9 players are set up behind the ball at all times,” stated Head Coach John Peter of the Vikings.
Ten minutes into the game, East Grand Forks got on the board during a counter attack when Sebastian Rosiles scored an own goal for the Green Wave to put the home team ahead 1-0.
With 10 minutes to play in the 1st half, Alan Villagomez intercepted a pass in the Green Wave half and played it ahead to Farhan Omar who drove it into the back of the net to make the score 1-1. With 3 minutes remaining in the 1st half, Omar sank deep into midfield to intercept a pass that he played ahead to Abdinasir Mohamed who drilled the ball into the upper corner of the goal putting the Vikings ahead 2-1 at the half.
In the 2nd half, still trailing, the Green Wave had to open their defense which allowed the Vikings to play the more wide open style they desire. Green Wave senior goal-keeper Blake Felch made a number of spectacular saves to keep the score 2-1 but the Vikings defense was the real story as they held the Green Wave without a shot on goal the entire night and the match ended with the Vikings ahead 2-1.
The win avenges the Vikings' earlier 4-3 loss to the Green Wave in their 2nd game of the season. The victory moves the Vikings to 7-3-1 on the season. They now prepare for their regular season finale against the Fergus Falls Otters on Monday in Pelican Rapids.
In JV action, the Vikings lost 2-1 and move to 6-3-1 on the year.