Shorthanded Vikings go 80, but fall 8-0

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 10:03 PM

Just lasting the full 80 minutes is a small victory for Northern Vance with its current roster of 10 players.

Northern Nash did the Vikings a favor Monday, playing down one to keep the match even. But that didn’t slow down the Knights in their 8-0 win, one short of the nine-goal mercy rule.

“If I have to look at the first 35 minutes, I think we played well,” said Northern Vance head coach Razvan Tegean. “Considering we played 10 v 10 with them, I think we played well. I feel like we’re going to start running out of energy. That’s why we left more open space for them — and players like No. 11 and No. 10 are going to take advantage — and that’s exactly what happened.”

No. 10 — Rebekah Beal — scored five goals for the Knights and had a hat trick by the 26th minute. And No. 11 — Alexus Hill — added two goals.

Northern Vance (0-1-1) also played its season opener against Granville Central with 10 players although Tegean expects to add one more player to the fold. That would give the Vikings a full squad, but still no substitutes.

“I’ve seen some good stuff,” said Tegean. “It’s a group we can work with. It’s hard to expect them to play as hard as they can when they can’t get one minute break to catch up.”

It took Northern Nash about 20 minutes to score its first goal before Beal and Hill combined to score three goals in less than a minute and the Knights took a 4-0 lead into halftime.

Northern Nash outshot the home side 32-2 and Vikings goalkeeper Jackie Miller came up with 12 saves.

“I think Jackie came in with some great saves,” said Tegean. “For her second game in goal, I think she did a great job.”

Tegean also highlighted the play of Holly Hilliard, Crystal Melgar and Hannah Burgess.

Northern Vance returns to action Thursday at Granville Central at 4:30 p.m.

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