KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Cole Grossman scored the only goal for Stabaek as they shared the spoils with Aalesunds, while A.J. Soares and Viking snapped their two-game losing streak with a shutout win over Bodo/Glimt.
Aalesunds 1-1 Stabaek
The Blue Ones were on the road at the weekend in hopes of remaining within touching distance of league leaders Rosenborg. However, Aalesunds would prove to be a tough team to crack as both sides settled for the tie.
The home side got things started in the sixth minute when forward Mustafa Abdellaoue collect a long ball and worked a one-two play with teammate Michael Barrantes to perfection to get his name on the score sheet.
Stabaek could have scored the equalizer later on, but forward Ernest Asante's effort was kicked away by Aalesunds' goalkeeper Sten Grytebust. The visitors were clearly the dominant side in the first half as they pressed for a goal, but there efforts were denied each time.
That would change before halftime and it would be Grossman who found the back of the net for Stabaek. Asante received a pass at the top of the box and chipped it over his defender where it would find the American on the right side. Grossman fired his shot to the far post past a helpless Grytebust to level the score.
Stabael maintained their momentum in the second half and thought they had scored the game winner, but midfielder Cornelius Bensick was judged to have been offisde.
Grossman played the entire match and once again showed he is in excellent form for the overachieving side.
Stabaek remain in second place, but are now five points behind Rosenborg.
Bodo/Glimt 0-3 Viking
Both sides entered this game riding two-game losing skids, so a win would have definitely boosted the confidence for one of them.
It would be the visitors that gained the upper hand in the 14th minute as forward Saleiman Abdullahi took the ball off the feet of Brede Moe and sprinted towards the Glimt goal. The Nigerians shot was parried away by Iven Austbo, but Venton Berisha would be there to collect the rebound and bury the ball in the back of the net.
Viking would extend their lead eight minutes later when Abdullahi sent a pass to Yann-Erik de Lanlay who sprinted into the box. It look like an impossible angle to tak a shot, but the 23-year-old would blast his shot pas Austbo, off the bar and into the goal.
The Stavanger-based side would get their third and final goal in the 35th minute as Berisha sent a pass to Samuel Adegbenro who took a shot at goal from just outside the box. Austbo would get a hand on it, but the shot was too powerful and ended up in the goal.
Soares play a solid 90 minutes in the center of Viking's defense. Zarek Valentin played the entire game, while Danny Cruz was active for 62 minutes in the loss.
The win moves the team up to fourth place in the standings while Glimt sit in the relegation zone in 15th place.
Alex DeJohn conceded a highly dubous penalty in his 88 minutes of playing time as Start had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Odd.
Quentin Westberg replaced starting goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr who was with the Jamaican national team at the Copa America, but Sarpsborg 08 still fell 2-0 to Rosenborg. The shotstopper made some key saves, but it was not enough as his team lost its third consecutive home game.
Rhett Bernstein was a late game substitution as Mjondalen and Haugesund finished 1-1.
Ethan Horvath was on the bench once again as Molde shared the points with Valerenga after a 0-0 tie.