MABTON - The Mabton Vikings first-ever boys soccer team ended its season fighting, but the Royal Knights were able to secure a goal in double overtime this past Saturday, winning 3-2.
"We played a great game," said Mabton Coach Andy Dyer, stating he is proud of how well the Vikings performed throughout the season.
He said the team continually showed improvement and worked hard to secure a SCAC District playoff berth.
But this year was not the year for the Vikings to move forward.
Earlier in the season, Mabton suffered a 10-1 loss to the Knights, but this past Saturday's performance was proof-positive of the overall efforts put forth by the new team.
Royal scored goals in the 14 and 64-minute marks of the match this past Saturday. Mabton's Hector Brambila answered the first goal with one of his own 30 minutes into the match, and teammate Juan Aguilar shot the ball between the goal posts for another Viking point at the 78-minute mark, moving the two teams into overtime.
Neither team was successful scoring in the first overtime, but Royal scored the winning goal in the last 30 seconds of the second overtime.
"For Mabton's first season, we were very successful and will continue to be successful for years to come," commented Dyer, saying he is proud of his players.
Mabton closed out the 2009 campaign with an overall record of 8-9.