Miamisburg Vikings: Weekly Game Summaries

Sunday, August 24
2014 Week 1

  Vikings  VS  Middletown

The Vikings began their 2014 season at home against Middletown on a very rainy and wet evening. Coach Randolph sent out a starting eleven of : Roark in goal, Maxwell, Zech , McCoy and Cardenas on defense, Eshbaugh, Affini, Bussard , Schacherer, and Schenck at the midfield and Teaney up top.

  The Vikings new formation has proven to score goals but on this wet night they couldn’t hold any possession and seemed a step slow to the ball. The game was played at a slow pace with Middletown being the most dangerous and in control. The Vikings kept them out of the net until 3 minutes to go in the first half when a free kick was awarded . A deflection off the wall found Roark going in wrong direction and the Middies took the lead into halftime.  Coach Randolph asked for adjustments in man marking and winning 50/50 balls. He also wanted the attack to be more out of possession rather than kick and run hoping to be faster than Middletown defense.

  The second half began and the Vikings seemed to pick up their play some . Kip Schenck broke free on a long through ball from Murrie Affini and chipped the ball over the keeper to tie the game just 8 minutes into the half. Middletown picked up their game as well and the game became a physical battle. Tempers were kept in check by the Coaching staff’s  and both teams played with passion. It was not the Vikings night never taking control of the game or sustaining any possession . The Middies scored with 12 minutes remaining and gave the Vikings a loss and a wake up call.

  Good games were had by : Raork , Schenck , Affini, Eshbaugh, Cardenas, Brundage

Sunday, August 24
2014 week 2

The Vikings traveled to Springfield on a nice evening. The starting eleven were: Roark in goal , Maxwell, Zech, McCoy , And Dales in Defense , Eshbaugh , Affini, Bussard, Cardenas, and Schenck at midfield , And Brundage up top.

  The Vikings put pressure on the Springfield defense often in the first half playing long through balls and running hard at them.  The game was played with an end to end style with the Vikings putting long through balls and Springfield trying to posses the ball and move down field quickly . The Vikings seemed more dangerous forcing the Springfield keeper to make 15 saves in the first half alone. Several quality shots were taken by Brundage , Schenck, and Cardenas but the Keeper was up to the task keeping the game tied at 0-0 till half. At halftime Coach Randolph expressed to his team the importance of possession over long balls from half field . He changed the formation to gain more possession in the middle half of the field and attack the Springfield goal with numbers rather than 1 on 1 with the Keeper. This proved to be the key as the Vikings scored quickly on a pass from Affini to Schenck and a nice finish. With the lead the Vikings tried to keep possession more and not allow Springfield any confidence.  This slowed the pace of the game way down and forced Roark to make some saves of his own . Coach Randolph switched formations again hoping to score quickly but this gave Springfield more possession and the Vikings resumed long ball attempts.  Late in the game A  switch was made again and with just 1 minute to play the Vikings got their second goal when outside fullback Cole Dales attacked down the left side and put a nice ball across the face of goal to find Kyle Bussard ready to finish for his first goal of the year.  Final 2-0 Vikings

  Good games were had by : Maxwell, Zech, McCoy , Dales, Schenck , Affini, Bussard , Eshbaugh, Brundage , Cardenas,and Mize


JV Tied 0-0