ROYAL CITY - The Mabton Vikings soccer team yesterday held its own against the Royal City Knights.
The two teams were forced into a shootout due to a scoreless match through double overtime. The Knights prevailed 5-4 in the shootout, however, giving Royal the 1-0 win.
"(Mabton) was pretty solid, matching up with Royal," Viking Assistant Coach Mike Davis said of the Vikings' spring season opener.
The Knights placed third at 1A State in 2011, and Davis felt Mabton looked impressive in last night's opening league match.
Neither team was able to score in regulation, and the teams continued the match into double overtime, still without getting a ball past the crossbars.
"The (Viking) boys put everything into the match...it was windy and cold," said Davis, stating he and Coach Jr. Garcia were proud of the performance of the Mabton players.
Davis said the Vikes defended their goal, and the Knights were only able to dribble the ball past the Viking defense six times.
That's when the skills of Mabton keeper Gerardo Barajas were imperative to the match. He was able to keep each of the six attempts made by Royal from getting past his hands.
The Vikes pushed the ball toward the Royal keeper eight different times.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, each of the shots was saved by Knights keeper Lupe Arceo.
It was in the shootout that the Knights finally got the ball past Barajas. Kicking the ball into the net for Royal were Jose Gaxiola, Juan Ramirez, Alex Ramirez and Hugo Rodriguez. The winning goal was booted from the foot of Christian Guerrero.
For Mabton, four players were able to slip the ball past Arceo in the shootout. They included Josh Carrasco, Damien Diaz, Gil Macedo and Lorenzo Sanchez.
Davis said a lot can be said for the overall performance of the Vikings. He is proud of how well they played and is looking forward to the team's home match-up against Granger tomorrow (Thursday).