RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Stabaek's Mikkel Diskerud scored his first goal of the 2010 campaign while Start's American duo of Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson split the points with Molde.
Start 1 - 1 Molde
A second half goal allowed Molde to earn a draw with Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson's Start on Saturday evening at Sor Arena in Kristiansand.
Freeman and Goodson took their customary spots on the team's back line at the opening whistle and each went the distance.
Start coach Knut Torum slotted Goodson in at center back while Freeman was penciled in at right back.
The hosts got off to a dream start as Costa Rican Cristian Bolanos scored in the seventh minute to give Start the lead thanks to some shoddy defending.
Espen Borufsen made a charging run down the left side and looked to cross for Bolanos. The pass created trouble in the Molde area as defender Vegard Forren and goalkeeper Ben Amos, an on-loan player from Manchester United, had communication issues and Forren flubbed the clearance giving Bolanos an easy poke ino the net.
But Start was unable to capitalize on the momentum and after halftime, last year's Eliteserien runners-up began to assert themselves before finding the equalizer in the 59th minute.
A looping cross into the area was not cleared by Start defender Bard Borgersen and Thomas Holm was there to volley home the shot and eventually earn Molde their first point of the season.
The draw pushes Start down to sixth place in the league standings with five points through three games.
Freeman and Goodson return to action next Sunday when they welcome in Valerenga.
Aalesund 2 - 2 Stabaek
Mikkel Diskerud tallied his first goal of the season as Stabaek played to another draw on Sunday at snowy Color Line Stadion in Aalesund.
Diskerud started on the right side of the Stabaek midfielder and went the full 90 minutes.
Aalesund showed why they are this year's surprise league leaders by scoring a goal just seconds after the opening whistle.
Towering forward Tor Hogne Aaroy positioned himself perfectly amid the Stabaek defense and gathered in Jamaican Demar Phillips' pass just inside the area before firing home for the early goal.
Stabaek head coach Jan Jonsson would see his attack lose one of its key components when Icelandic forward Veigar Pall Gunarsson was forced to leave the match in the 17th minute due to injury.
But seventeen minutes later Diskerud helped ease his boss' mind temporarily with a crafty right-footed shot.
Johan Andersson did well to play the Arizona native a quick pass while surrounded by Aalesund defenders and Diskerud finished it off by hitting the ball with the outside of his right foot past the outstretched arms of Aalesund goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
Magnus Sylling Olsen put the hosts back up by a goal ten minutes after the break when Johan Arneng broke free down the left side and sent a perfect cross to Olsen who easily tapped it home.
Olsen's goal looked as it would hold up for the defending Norwegian Cup champions until Stabaek managed to sneak in a last second goal much to the dismay of the Aalesund faithful.
In the third minute of second half stoppage time, Pontus Farnerud found enough space just outside the top of the penalty area and sent a shot towards goal.
Farnerud's shot was never seen by Lindegaard who had been blocked by his own defenders and could only raise his arms in anguish as the ball rolled into the back of the net.
The last-gasp goal puts Stabaek in eighth place in the Eliteserien standings with five points.
Diskerud and company next return home on Sunday to host northerners Tromso.
Attacking midfielder Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and backup goalkeeper Steve Clark could only watch in horror from the bench as Honefoss got drilled 6-0 by Lillestrom.