Girls tie Crookston after two-overtime duel; Funk scores twice for Lady Vikings

Pelican goaltender Kaitlyn Stachoski.

The Vikings girls’ Soccer Team was on the road to Crookston Sept. 15. 

It was a roller-coaster of a game—ending in two overtimes. 

Pelican Rapids was the first to score early in the first half, as Sadie Funk made a beautiful breakaway run at the goal to score. 

Minutes later, Crookston answered back to tie 1-1 going into halftime. The Vikings had beautiful shots on goal in the second half but couldn’t find the back of the net until twenty-five minutes into the second half when the midfield pushed it up to Funk, who again scored. Once again, the Vikings had the lead 2-1. 

Pelican’s Sadie Funk, #32, scored twice in the Lady Vikings exciting 3-3 overtime tie with Crookston.

Both Hamda Ibrahim and Ariana Villagomez controlled the midfield well and continued to make great plays for scoring opportunities. 

First half, Kaitlyn Stachoski had a solid performance in goal, making many great saves. Second half, Ashley Zavala took over the goal and continued to protect the goal. Defenders Diana Escobar, Hani Bashir, and Eveli Nordgren work well together, communicating, creating a wall that was hard for Crookston to break down. Off the bench, Ikraan Mohamed, Elli Carlson, Anahi Garcia, and Naomi Peter, all 8th graders, played outstanding soccer at the varsity level and continue to improve each game. 

In the last six minutes of the game, Crookston scored, tieing—the game 2-2 and sending the teams into overtime. 

Both teams wanted to win, and it showed on the field. 

Pelican’s #16 Anahi Garcia.

In the second overtime, Anahi Garcia scored on a beautiful shot from outside of the 18-yard box, putting the Vikings up again 3-2. In the last two minutes of overtime, Crookston scored, ending the match in a 3-3 tie game.