Sunday, October 25, 2009
Mikkel Diskerud helped key a Stabaek victory over Bodo/Glimt in the Eliteserien while Jay Needham and Alta saw their promotion hopes come to an end with a draw at Lov-Ham in the 1. Division.

Stabaek 2 - 0 Bodo/Glimt

Stabaek emerged victorious in their final home match of the season by shutting out relegation bound Bodo/Glimt at Telenor Arena in Baerum.

Diskerud got the starting nod at forward from head coach Jan Jonsson and went the first 89 minutes before yielding his spot to Tor-Marius Gromstad.

The Arizona native also picked up an assist in Stabaek's second goal on the evening.

Diskerud had a chance at scoring early in the match but his effort from 16 meters out in the 19th minute sailed wide of the top right corner.

The US Under-20's shot served notice that Stabaek would do nothing to accommodate the visitors who desperately needed the win to avoid relegation.

The hosts would finally get on the scoreboard in the lone minute of first half stoppage time when Daigo Kobayashi scored on a free kick from 18 meters out.

Kobayashi sent the ball into the area with the intention of finding a teammate who could score off a header. However the ball flew over everyone's head and before Bodo/Glimt goalkeeper Pavel Londak knew it, the ball had found the side netting at the far post.

Stabaek effectively put the match away in the 73rd minute when Diskerud sent in a perfect cross to a slashing Daniel Nannskog who had an easy touch into the back of the net.

The three points gives Stabaek a total of 50 on the season as they complete their season next weekend at Sandefjord.

Tromso 3 - 1 Start

Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson's journey to northern Norway was one to forget as Tromso downed Start at Alfheim Stadion in Tromso.

Both Freeman and Goodson started on defense and went the full 90 minutes. Freeman was assessed a yellow card in the 60th minute for a late tackle on Hans Age Yndestad.

Tromso wasted little time in scoring on their southern foes when Sigurd Rushfeldt notched the game's first goal in the sixth minute. Start goalkeeper Kenneth Hoie had saved an earlier shot, but in the wet and cold conditions, the ball slipped out of his hands and Rishfeldt was there to poke it home.

Fifteen minutes later Tommy Knarvik doubled the margin with help from Morten Moldskred who played a brilliant back-heeled pass to Knarvik who then fired past Hoie.

Remi Johansen added the third one for the hosts in the 50th minute with a header that fluttered over the Start defense and past Hoie inside the left post.

The Start netminder had done well to save a rocket of a shot by Tromso defender Tom Hogli. However the deflection off of Hogli's shot landed to Johansen who sent the header in.

Start head coach Knut Torum saw his squad pull one back in the 79th minute when Geir Ludvig Fevang took Christer Kleiven's bouncing cross and slid a shot into the net to help avoid the shutout.

Freeman and Goodson return home with the rest of their teammates to finish off their season against Troy Perkins and Valerenga. The loss drops Start to 10th place with 37 points.

Valerenga 1 - 2 Sandefjord

The hot streak for Troy Perkins and Valerenga came to an end against upstart Sandefjord at Ullevall Stadion in Oslo on Sunday.

Perkins started and went the full 90 minutes for player/coach Martin Andresen while Sandefjord reserve goalkeeper Matthew Allen watched this one from the bench.

Valerenga entered the match with an outside chance at grabbing a Europa League berth but with the loss, the only European action Perkins and company will see next year is on television.

A 40th minute penalty opened the scoring between the two clubs as Valerenga were guilty of a foul on Sandefjord winger Orjan Royrane who was brought down in the area.

The resulting penalty kick was calmly converted by Erik Mjelde who fired to Perkins' right while the Ohio native incorrectly dove to his left.

Jarl-Andre Storbaek answered for the hosts in the 54th minute after Bojan Zajic's free kick from right outside the area was blocked and deflected off of Andre Muri before landing at Storbaek who sent a shot through the Sandefjord defense and into the back of the net.

Mjelde snagged the game-winner for the visitors in the 63rd minute as he was Johnny-on-the-spot following Royrane's rocket from 16 meters out which required a first-class save out of Perkins.

Unfortunately for the American netminder, Mjelde followed up the shot by heading the ball to himself and then sending a volley with his left foot into the back of the net for a goal that will surely make the highlights shows in Norway.

Some late pressure by Andresen's squad went for naught as coach-of-the-year candidate Patrick Walker earned another three points at the helm for Sandefjord.

Perkins and company drop back down to seventh place with 40 points and cap off their Eliteserien season next sunday at Start.

Lov-Ham 0 - 0 Alta

A goalless draw signaled an end to Alta's cinderella promotion run as Jay Needham and company could not find the back of the net on Sunday evening at Varden Amfi in Bergen.

Needham started at center back for head coach Aasmund Bjorkman before getting substituted out in the 73rd minute for Haukur Pall Sigurdsson.

The result was rendered moot in terms of Alta's promotions playoff hopes after Sarpsborg defeated HamKam thus ensuring the fifth and final playoff spot for Colin Burns' future club.

The hosts had the bulk of the chances throughtout the match but one of the best chances came from the visitors in the 4th minute when Aziz Idris' header went just over the crossbar after Needham had sent in the ball on a free kick.

Lov-Ham started pushing for a goal but time and time again they were turned away by Alta goalkeeper Mikko Vilmunen who made a collection of fine saves.

Needham's best scoring chance of the day came in the 65th minute but his shot from 20 meters out was wrapped up by Lov-Ham goalkeeper Kim Deinoff.

In the third minute of second half stoppage time, Bjorkman's squad had a golden opportunity to steal the three points. Leading scorer Vegard Braaten took in a long ball and slipped past a Lov-Ham defender leaving him one-on-one with Deinoff.

The future Tromso man sent a shot at goal but Deinoff was up for the task and blocked the attempt.

Needham and company cap off their season next weekend at home versus Nybergsund.


Tyrel Lacey is out with a torn meniscus and did not factor in Lyn's 4-1 loss at Odd.

Brian Waltrip is still recovering from a fractured ankle and did not suit up in Molde's 1-2 victory at Fredrikstad.

Aalesund reserve goalkeeper Adin Brown watched from the bench as his teammates were unable to down newly-crowned champions Rosenborg 2-1 in Trondheim.

Connor Tobin did not see any action off the bench in Nybergsund's 0-2 loss versus Moss.

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