The Real Football Game trophy isn’t going anywhere – it’s staying put right in Marysville High School.
The Vikings rivalry trophy was put up for grabs against St. Clair, but all Marysville did was make the hardware win more convincing with its 5-0 victory . The Vikings (5-2-1 MAC Gold, 11-4-1 overall) also tripped up the Saints (0-6-1, 2-9-1) on Sept. 2, winning 4-0, to give themselves a 9-0 aggregate score over both regular season matches.
Vikings’ Nick Chitwood brings the ball up field Monday, Sept 28, during high school soccer action at Marysville.
“It’s amazing, because I’ve been from when we didn’t have it to having it,” Marysville senior defenseman Ian Hall said after snapping pictures with the trophy. “It’s amazing to see us transitioning as a team.”
While this is the second straight year the Vikings have won the trophy, it’s not a familiar feeling as St. Clair won it the previous 13 seasons.
However, when Marysville is getting a hat trick from Trevor Roeske, one goal and two assists from Jake Carroll and a goal and assist from Nick Chitwood, it’s hard to stop them.
Not only was the Vikings offensive output solid, but their back line of Hall, Logan Atkinson and Michael Booth also had goalkeeper Brett Robinson being called on for just four saves. The closest shot on net also came from 29 yards out.
“I think we did quite well,” Hall said. “We were on our game, we were talking and were together. We held our own.”
St. Clair goalkeeper Jacob Minano had an impressive night, stopping 13 shots on net.
The fans had to wait just six minutes for the first goal to find the net as Roeske’s blast inside the 18 yard box pelted a defender, ricocheting into the right side of the net. With 11 minutes left in the half he earned his second goal, finishing on a nice 30 yard run set up by a perfect pass from Carroll.
St. Clair almost answered one minute later, but a 15 yard shot went straight into Hall’s body for the block and likely bruise.
After entering the second half with a 2-0 lead, Chitwood dished a through ball to Carroll, who took it 30 yards to the net with a defender draped on him for the Vikings third goal.
Roeske capped his hat trick with what he said was his best goal – a shot that pinged off the right post and into the net after bolting on a 25 yard run with the ball.
“I started running and I realized I couldn’t run no more, so I just turned around and shot it,” Roeske said. “I didn’t expect it to go in.”
The scoring was capped with 11 minutes left as Chitwood belted a rocket of a shot from 35 yards out. That came five minutes after Minano made one of his most impressive saves of the night on Chitwood from 25 yards out.
The win keeps the Vikings in the MAC Gold hunt with 16 points. Entering the night, Port Huron was tied with Marysville in second place, but Lamphere was on top of the division with its unbeaten 7-0-0 MAC Gold record.
Regardless of where they stand in the division, the Vikings like seeing their solid chemistry turning into good wins.
“We have a lot of new people, and I think we are one of the best teams Marysville has had in a while,” Roeske said. “We have had good teams in the past, but this team is really connecting.”
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