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Matt Balog sends a header in last week's conference home soccer match against Owen. Photo by Skip Sickler

Originally published: 2012-09-13 12:09:44
Last modified: 2012-09-13 12:09:44

Vikings soccer downs Freedom, drops conference opener

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Avery men's soccer got back on the winning track on Monday, Sept. 3, earning a 2-1 victory against Freedom at MacDonald Stadium. Two nights later, the Vikings hosted the Owen Warhorses. The Big Red took an early lead, but Owen stormed back with three unanswered goals to capture a 3-1 win in Avery's Western Highlands Conference opening match.
The Vikings played with poise and purpose against the Freedom Patriots, taking advantage of openings to find the back of the net.
Matt Belog put the Vikings on the board first, taking an assist from Isauro Estrada and blasting a shot by the Patriots keeper for a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
In the 28th minute, Avery padded its lead to 2-0 when Estrada scored off an assist from Gerardo Urbina.
Freedom's Justin Hang cut the Vikings advantage in half at 2-1 with a goal in the 43rd minute, but the Avery defense tightened and held the Patriots scoreless for the remainder of the match.
Avery took on Owen in a physical match on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Vikings drew first blood on the scoreboard, as Belog scored in the 13th minute off an assist from Leonel Castaneda for a 1-0 AHS advantage.
Owen answered with a goal in the 15th minute, as Caleb Ford slipped a shot past Vikings keeper Alex Magner to knot the match at 1-1. The score remained unchanged for the remainder of the first half.
The Warhorses scored the go-ahead goal in the 43rd minute, as Jesse Foreman found the back of the net for a 2-1 Owen lead. The visitors added an insurance goal in the 66th minute on a goal by Hunter Foreman, providing the final scoring margin.
The Vikings traveled to Thomas Jefferson earlier this week and will play at Hendersonville this Wednesday, Sept. 12. Start time for the Hendersonville road match has been moved to 7 p.m.