RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek win big versus Ålesund; Start's American duo Clay Goodson and Hunter Freeman split the points with northerners, Trømso.
Stabæk 2 - 1 Åalesund
Midfielder Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk celebrated an important win over Eliteserien powerhouse Åalesund Sunday at Telenor Arena.
Diskerud started at right midfield and played a full 90 minutes in the victory over the league's fourth ranked team. This marked Stabæk's second win in a row as they now jump to 10th in the rankings.
The hosts took control of the game first with a goal by striker Veigar Pall Gunnarsson in the 12th minute. Like last week, Gunnarsson paired up with Johan Andersson in a give-and-go effort that allowed a goal from the corner of the six yard box.
Come the second half, Stabæk again scored first. This time it was Vegar Eggen Hedenstad in the 67th minute.
Diskerud initiated the play from atop the 18 with a chip into Gunnarsson who then flicked it behind his back to Hedenstad for a one-time goal past keeper Anders Lindegaard.
Down two, Åalesund responded in the 81st minute when midfielder Tor Aarøy received a long ball inside the 18.
A header dished the ball to Alexsander Mathisen who, with a few quick touches, dribbled the ball past keeper Jon Knudson and into the goal.
With four regular season games remaining Stabæk will travel to the west coast in two weeks to face Haugesund.
Start 1 - 1 Tromsø
Hunter Freeman, Clarence Goodson and Start pulled of a tie with one of the league's top teams, Tromsø, after falling behind in just the eighth minute.
Freeman and Goodson started at right and center back respectively and played a full 90 minutes.
Moments after the whistle blew the hosts conceded a goal that began with Ruben Jensen's corner kick. Jensen bent the ball inside where he found a near posted Remi Johansen for the header goal.
It wasn't until 26 minutes into the second half that Start was able to equalize with a Rolf Daniel Vikstøl goal.
Freeman headed a cleared ball back into the 18 and to the feet of Fredrik Strømstad who chipped it over keeper Marcus Sahlman.
A charging Vikstøl got a head on the ball and knocked it in for the tie.
This match marks the second tie for Start in a row. They currently sit at seventh in the rankings and will face a 15th placed Kongsvinger in two weeks.
Mjøndalen 3 -1 Bryne
Graham Dugoni started at center back for 1. Division Mjøndalen, Sunday, in their victory over Bryne.
Dugoni contributed to the defense by playing a full 90 minutes. He received a yellow card in the 49 minute of play.
Mjøndalen's home field advantage was evident from the start as they scored unanswered goals in the fourth, 25th and 34th minutes.
Daniel Herrera Reinoso was responsible for the first goal when he effortlessly headed in a corner from atop the six yard box.
A free kick by Erik Mitgarden from 20 yards out, accounted for goal number two as he dropped the ball just inside the upper 90 for the two goal lead.
Midfielder Mads Hansen racked up goal number three with a few quick touches around defenders inside the box and a beautiful, upper–right corner shot.
Bryne finally saw their chance to respond in the 55th minute when they were awarded a free kick. Aleksander Midtsian took the shot low and to the left which was stopped by keeper Anders Rotevaten, as was the rebound.
Just a minute later Byrne received another penalty kick opportunity, which this time was successful. Geir Herrem put the ball in the upper–left corner to award Bryne their first and only goal.
The 1. Division has six games remaining in regualar season play. Next up Dugoni and Mjøndalen will face Sarpsborg with American goalkeeper Colin Burns.
Midfielder Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and keeper Steve Clark watched from the sidelines as Hønefoss fell 3-2 to Brann Saturday in Bergen.
1. Division goalkeeper Colin Burns watched as the reserve when his team, Sarpsborg lost 0-2 to Moss. It was a similar scene for Sogndal keeper Joe Bendik who did not play in the 0-1 loss to Bodø/Glimt.