Pelican’s Sebastian Centeno takes a shot on goal, but the Detroit Lakes goalie managed to deflect the ball wide of the net.
Pelican’s Daniel Urbano fires a shot Detroit Lakes goalkeeper
Mohamed Ahmed put this shot past the Detroit Lakes goalie to score.
Hamsa Ishowa fires a shot on goal, but the Detroit Lakes goalie made the stop.
The ball is up in the air in this photo, left, between Viking players Daniel Urbano and Khadar Ibrahim.
A large crowd was on hand, background, for the Pelican Rapids boys soccer team home opener Sept. 10. Foreground, number 6 Sebastian Centeno bringing the ball downfield.

Ibrahim’s hat trick accounts for half of Pelican boys scoring assault on Detroit Lakes 

In a battle for nickname supremacy on the high seas, the Vikings ran the Lakers aground 6-0. 

The team was led by senior captain Khadar Ibrahim. 

Ibrahim registered his first career hat trick on the evening and he opened the scoring just 5 minutes into the match when he received a slicing through-ball from Mohamed Ahmed and was able to cut the ball back across the goalkeeper to make the score 1-0. 

Midway through the first half, Khadar Aden was fouled in the box giving the Vikings a penalty kick but with both normal penalty takers on the bench, freshman Abdi Isse stepped forward and said “give me the ball” before he calmly buried the shot into the back of the net making it 2-0. 

The Vikings had to shuffle players quite a bit due to Khadar Aden and Abdi Isse picking up yellow cards for overly aggressive play in the first half. Because of this, Daniel Urbano and Suhayb Farah played significant minutes in the first half for the Vikings to balance the team with all the shifting and changes. 

Although the Vikings led 2-0, throughout the half, they struggled to find their rhythm.

“It was fun to see such a huge crowd at the game but we really let the fans and our opponent distract us and dictate much of the action in the first half and we moved away from our identity a bit. The boys recognized this at halftime and adjusted extremely well in the second half showing the quality they posses,” said Head Coach John Peter after the match. 

Ibrahim showed his calm senior leadership to start the 2nd half, first heading home a pass from Jesus Moreno just two minutes into the half and then less than a minute later, beating the Laker goalkeeper off another pass from Moreno to put the Vikings up 4-0. 

Abdi Isse’s defensive pressing of the goalkeeper a few minutes later resulted in a goalkeeping error as Isse collected his second goal of the night. Three minutes later, Urbano connected with Mohamed Ahmed as Ahmed picked up his 2nd goal of the season. 

EGF hands Vikes 1st loss

  The Pelican Rapids Vikings lost their first match of the season Sept. 11, falling to the Green Wave 2-1 at a rainy Brown’s Field. 

The Green Wave showed they are a top-notch opponent in the Lakes to Prairie conference but ultimately, mistakes by the Vikings throughout the day proved to be too much for the home team to overcome in the loss. 

 Missed penalty kicks, yellow cards, missed goal scoring opportunities and struck posts and cross bars were a theme throughout the Vikings first half. The Vikings defense kept the Green Wave out of the net with big plays from Sebastian Rosiles and Sebastian Centeno. 

However, with just three minutes to play in the first half, goalkeeper Cris Abarca mishandled the ball, and a Green Wave player was able to capitalize and put the ball into the back of the net making the score 1-0.

 The second half began, and the match was a relative stalemate for the first twenty minutes until an errant Green Wave shot on goal was mishandled into the back of the net putting the away side ahead 2-0. 

The Vikings however were able to rebound just six minutes later when Abdi Isse played a quick free kick and found Jesus Moreno who headed the ball into the back of the net. 

Injuries sideline Pelican three soccer players 

However, the momentum of that goal was quickly squashed when junior defender Sebastian Rosiles was injured, dislocating his knee cap. Rosiles is expected to miss the next few weeks as well as Oscar Pedroza, who missed today’s game nursing a sprained knee ligament. The injuries continued to mount just four minutes later when Josh Urbano was injured and unable to return, leaving the Vikings with only one experience defender in the back four. 

 The Vikings mounted multiple counter attacks late but were unable to convert and the score finished 2-1 in favor of the Green Wave.

“East Grand Forks were well organized by their coaching staff and because of it, we struggled to find a rhythm throughout the afternoon. We made mistakes throughout the day and they were ready to punish us for them. Monday, we get back to work at practice and we will need new guys to step into the roles of our injured,” said Head Coach John Peter after the match. 

Pelican locked in three-way conference tie

The Vikings now sit in a three-way tie atop the conference with East Grand Forks and Detroit Lakes. 

All three teams now have one conference loss. (Pelican’s first victory of the season over Detroit Lakes (7-0) was a friendly exhibition, and not considered a conference match. ) 

The Vikings continue conference play on Tuesday at home against Crookston.

JV boys hit net—in final second

The Pelican Rapids boys junior varsity match Sept. 10 was a nailbiter.
The Pelican JV was down 2-1 against Detroit Lakes, and the ball goes in the net with one second remaining on the clock. 

Fans on the sidelines roared with applause and cheers, as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.