ROYAL CITY – Although the Mabton Viking soccer team fought hard for 15 shots on goal against host Royal last night, the Vikings were only able to put the ball away one time.
The Knights, on the other hand were able to secure three goals on 11 scoring attempts for a 3-1 victory.
Mabton, now riding a four-match losing streak, dropped its record to 5-9 with the loss.
Royal’s Tanner Christiansen started the match with a goal in the first minute of action.
The Vikings held off the attack for 14 minutes before Luis Garcia of the Knights maneuvered past the defensive line to score the second goal.
With just one minute to intermission another Royal player slipped the ball past Mabton keeper Juan Macedo to end the opening half ahead 3-0.
The Vikings were not discouraged, according to Mabton Coach Junior Garcia.
They still had plenty of fight in them, despite the fact that they were tired, according to Assistant Coach Mike Davis.
“We still have a lot of starters out,” said Garcia. “That makes it hard to play against teams like Royal.”
Showing just how determined the players were, Mabton’s Oscar Aguilar gained possession of the ball just two minutes into the second half. He put his feet to work and wove past the Knights to score the Vikings’ only goal of the match.
“Mabton didn’t leave anything on the field…the reserves are stepping up and working hard,” said Davis.
“The Vikings are playing their hearts out,” said Garcia.
Macedo shut the door on the crossbars eight times to keep Mabton alive. However, the offense was unable to capitalize on 14 shots as Royal’s keeper fought off the onslaught.
Mabton returns to the pitch tomorrow (Saturday) on Warden’s home field.