Pelican plays Moorhead to 3-3 stalemate
In mid-June when the official PRHS Boys Soccer schedule was released, some eyebrows were raised when fans looked at the final six days of the regular season.
The six day stretch featured four matches against intense conference rivals and a non-conference match against one of the largest schools in Moorhead High School.
To make matters more interesting, the Vikings were nursing a few injuries, most notably missing from the line-up was Senior Captain Oscar Pedroza.
The four-game stretch started with a road game in Fergus Falls, against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.
The Vikings were able to grind out a 3-0 victory, although most of the match, it was 1-0. The Vikings picked up two goals from Mohamed Ahmed and in doing so, Ahmed became the Vikings all-time leader in Goals Scored with 30 goals. He takes over the mantle from Khadar Ibrahim who previous had led the Vikings with 28 career goals.
Up 3-0, Moorhead claws back to tie Viking boys
Two days after taking down the Comets, the Vikings hosted the Moorhead Spuds.
The Vikings wasted no time jumping out to a 3-0 lead just six minutes into the match. Ahmed again was a top performer scoring twice while Yahir Diaz added the third goal. From there, the game turned into a tense, and hard-fought affair and fans were treated to one of the best matches that the Brown Field pitch has hosted.
The intensity was very high as thirteen yellow cards were given out in the match.
Moorhead slowly chipped away at the Vikings’ lead and relied on two penalties to help them get back in the game. Eventually, the Spuds tied the game with nine minutes remaining.
The match went to overtime where the Vikings had opportunities to win the match but ultimately the game ended in a 3-3 draw.
A shut out win over Detroit Lakes
The very next day, the Vikings hosted the Detroit Lakes Lakers.
It took nearly the entire first half but the Vikings eventually broke through when Sebastian Centeno found Noe Moreno who toe poked the ball into the back of the net to put the Vikings ahead 1-0. The Vikings then wasted little time in the second half with Mohamed Ahmed finding Sebastian Centeno. The pair would later combine again and Ahmed would get his own goal later in the match as well.
The final score was 4-0.
Centeno’s goals would make him the single season goal scoring leader for the Vikings with 16, passing Khadar Ibrahim, Alan Villagomez and Mohamed Isse’s previous mark of 14.
Pelican boys romp past East Grand Forks
Finally on Thursday night, Oct. 7, the team made the long trip to East Grand Forks to face the defending conference champions.
Ten minutes into the match, Jesus Moreno banged in a loose ball on a corner to make the score 1-0.
A short time later, Moreno was pulled down from behind on a breakaway, resulting in a red card for the Green Wave. Shortly later, over a stretch of fifteen seconds, Daniel Urbano combined with Sebastian Centeno to score two lightning quick goals. Centeno then found Yahir Diaz to make it 4-0 before Urbano again found Centeno. Diaz then escaped with a loose ball before hitting it into the upper right corner to make it 6-0 at halftime.
Abdirahman Khalif and Hamse Mohamed both also grabbed their first career goals in the second half as the score finished 8-1.
Pelican boys soccer team one of three top scoring teams in state
The Vikings boys soccer teams, end the season 9-4-1 and are expected to enter the post season as the number one seed in the North half of Section 8.
They also finished as the third highest scoring team in the state of Minnesota.
They are expected to host Crookston this Thursday, Oct. 14, in the opening round of the playoffs.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALEX RAMERIZ