Marysville was the heavy favorite to start its district tournament, and they acted like it.
The Vikings wasted no time flexing their muscle against East Detroit in their 10-0 win, scoring four times in the first five minutes of the game.
“Honestly, it was a good confidence booster,” Marysville senior Logan Parker said. “And it didn’t just secure the win, but it let us focus on some stuff we needed to.”
The game was halted at halftime due to the eight-goal deficit mercy rule.
The goal-scoring was spread out among the team as nine different Vikings scored in the game. Marshal DiGiovanni, Alex Chitwood, Charlie Hall, Michael Lansky, Logan Parker, Brendan Horner, Brendan Wilcox, Bryan DiNardo and Ryan Dobson all made the goal party.
“It’s probably the best I’ve seen the team work together,” Horner said.
The first goal of the game was an own goal 29 seconds into the first half as East Detroit’s Keegan Lerchenfeldt tried to clear a shot from DiGiovanni, but was just a tad too late on the move.
The goals came frequently throughout the half with applause coming from the Vikings bleachers, but the clapping turned into a screaming, foot-stomping frenzy with 13:44 left in the game. That’s when Horner ripped a textbook free kick from 20 yards out to give the Vikings an 8-0 lead on his first goal of the season.
“It was really something the whole team was rooting for and something personally I liked doing,” Horner said. “I really think that game was a team thing, and hopefully that will carry us through.”
The Vikings first round win now assures the trilogy between Marysville and St. Clair, which has been the epitome of a classic rivalry this season. On Sept. 19 the Vikings got the first share of bragging rights as they beat St. Clair 2-1 on the road. However, St. Clair is fresh off celebrating a 1-0 win on Marysville’s turf last Wednesday.
“I’m very excited for that,” Parker said. “It’s going to be a very physical game and it will take everything we have.”