Despite an early Haslett goal, Okemos had little trouble with the Vikings, scoring four unanswered goals to win, 4-1, in the first round of the CAAC soccer tournament.
Five minutes into the first half Haslett, the second seed in the CAAC Red, went up 1-0 after junior Harrison Beyea found the back of the net on a pass from senior AJ Quintel.
“It was a little disappointing because I think we had a great week of practice, and it didn’t translate to early in the game,” Okemos head coach Brian Guggemos said.
The goal was the only shot of the half for Haslett, though, as Okemos, the top seed in the CAAC Blue, controlled the ball for the majority of the first 40 minutes.
In the 16th minute, junior Dean Bloembergen evened the score for Okemos (11-3-3) with a shot from the middle of the box that was assisted by junior Soham Mishra.
The tie game didn’t last long, thanks to a miscommunication by Haslett (12-3-1). The Vikings goalkeeper, junior Keaton Kinder, was unsuccessful in his attempt to get to a loose ball in the left corner, vacating the net.
Senior Sean Sorenson-Abbott corralled a deflected header and kicked it into the back of the goal to give Okemos a 2-1 lead in the 28th minute.
The Chiefs continued their dominance five minutes after halftime with the prettiest goal of the day. From 40 yards out, sophomore Cal Brogan fed the ball in front of the net to senior Josh Robinson, who tapped it in for a 3-1 lead.
“He told me before that he would be making those runs, and I just put the ball across,” Brogan said.
Senior Charlie Peters added the fourth and final goal in 22nd minute on an assist from senior Carson Covell.
After a sluggish first few minutes, Okemos used its balance to wear down the Vikings.
“Okemos is a really strong team, and in my opinion the top team in the area,” Haslett head coach Alex Hayner said.
The Chiefs will play the winner of Dewitt and Parma Western on Tuesday, and Haslett will play the loser.