RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud helped serve up a shutout win over Honefoss while Clay Goodson and Hunter Freeman's Start battled to a draw on the road at Viking.
Honefoss 0 - 4 Stabaek
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek took advantage of a very weak defensive effort by Honefoss to cruise to victory on Sunday afternoon at AKA Arena in Honefoss.
Diskerud started at left midfielder and went the first 77 minutes before yielding his spot to Palmi Rafn Palmason. The former United States Under-20 star also picked up two assists on the day.
Fellow dual citizen Kenneth Di Vita Jensen started up top at striker for the hosts but was substituted out in the 82nd minute with the match no longer in doubt.
Teammate and compatriot Steve Clark watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper.
Stabaek dominated from the start and the match took on an inauspicious tone for the hosts in the 13th minute when Jon Inge Hoiland scored to put Stabaek in front.
Veigar Páll Gunnarsson's free kick from just outside the area was artfully redirected by Hoiland's head and past flailing Honefoss goalkeeper Thomas Solvoll for the goal.
Diskerud would serve up the first of his two assists just two minutes later when he finished off his run down the right side by unselfishly feeding a pass to Gunnarsson who easily tapped into an open net from close range.
The two would hook up again in the 59th minute when Diskerud stripped a Honefoss defender of possession and passed to his left to an onrushing Gunnarsson who slid the ball past Solvoll and into the net.
Honefoss' defensive woes culminated in the 75th minute when yet another error led to a Stabaek goal.
This time it was Marius Helle who benefitted from a intended headed back pass to Solvoll that fell short allowing Helle to slide in and fire a shot home for the fourth and final goal.
The win pushes Stabaek up in the Eliteserien standings to 11th with 27th points while Honefoss remain mired in 14th with 20 points.
Diskerud and company next return home to host Lillestrom while Honefoss head to the west coast of Norway to square off against Aalesund.
Viking 2 - 2 Start
A Clay Goodson first half own goal allowed hosts Viking to split the points with Start on Sunday afternoon in Stavanger.
Goodson and compatriot Hunter Freeman each started and went the distance in the draw. Freeman began the match from his customary right back position while Goodson once again anchored the back line at center back.
The US international's own goal was the first score of the match and it came in the 34th minute when Viking's Alexander Odegaard lightly chipped the ball from the end line in hopes that his center would find a teammate.
Goodson was there to stave off any threat but chested the ball awkwardly and it spilled past Start goalkeeper Kenneth Hoie for the unfortunate own goal.
The advantage for the hosts would not last long though as Goodson's teammates picked him up seven minutes later. Petter Bruer Hanssen played in a perfect cross to Mads Stokkelein at the far post and the striker thumped it home to level the match.
Espen Børufsen then gave Start the lead in the 68th when Solomon Owello fought hard to win possession on the right side and found Borufsen whose shot through traffic found the back of the net.
But the hosts would respond just six minutes later when Tommy Høiland crossed into the area and Erik Nevland delicately flicked on a header that froze Hoie just enough to score.
Start now sit in seventh place in the Eliteserien standings with an enticing match-up at home next weekend versus first place and undefeated Rosenborg.
Colin Burns sat on the bench as the backup goalkeeper during Sarpsborg's 3-2 victory over Lov-Ham.
Joseph Bendik watched as the reserve keeper as Sogndal fell way up north at Tromsdalen.