RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Clay Goodson and Start battled to a draw in a good old fashion Eliteserien shootout with Kongsvinger while Graham Dugoni's Mjondalen rolled to victory over Tromsdalen in the 1. Division.
Haugesund 2 - 1 Stabæk
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk fell to west coasters, Haugesund on Sunday in one of Jan Jonsson's final games as head coach.
Diskerud started at right midfield and played a full 90 minutes for Jonsson, who will leave Stabæk for 2009 Eliteserien Champions and current league leaders, Rosenborg, at the end of this season.
Stabæk opened up the offensive attack first with a goal by midfielder Pálmi Rafn Pálmason in the ninth minute of play.
Henning Hauger initiated the play when he fired a cleared corner kick back on net. But it was Pálmason who stuck his leg out on the 12 yard line for the deflection and near post goal.
The hosts responded in the 23rd minute with a goal by left midfielder Tor Arne Andreassen.
Andreassen chest trapped a chip from Joakim Våge Nilsen and ripped a shot, sliding feet first, past Stabæk keeper Jon Knudson
Seven minute later Thomas Sørum secured the game winner when he teamed up with Nikola Djurdjic for a give-and-go effort that allowed Sørum a 12 yard shot and far post goal.
Pálmason was ejected in the 69th minute after being shown yellow for the second time, the first coming in the 44th minute.
With a man down Stabæk was unable to recover the goal deficit.
Next weekend Stabæk and Diskerud travel to Sør Arena to face Start with fellow American's Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman.
Kongsvinger 3 - 3 Start
Defender Clay Goodson manned Start's backline without fellow American Hunter Freeman in their tie Sunday with Kongsvinger at Gjemselund Stadion.
Goodson started at center back and played a full 90 minutes, he received a yellow card in the 70th minute of play. Freeman did not play due to injury.
Rolf Daniel Vikstøl initiated Start's first goal in the 11th minute when he chipped a 40 yard ball to Ole Martin Årst inside the box. Årst headed the ball back to Christer Kleiven atop the 18 who fired a low, hard shot just inside the right post.
The hosts responded with back to back goals in the 20th and 31st minutes.
Kim Kristian Holmen was the first to score for Kongsvinger when he took advantage off a long ball from keeper Olav Dalen.
Holmen capitilized on a bouncing Dalen free kick, that landed inside Start's 18, then sent a flick with his right foot over the head of an approaching Kenneth Høie.
Mame Niang put goal number two into motion when he played the ball back to Lars Christian Krogh Gerson who scored far post from 35 yards out.
Following the halftime whistle, Start equalized when Årst one-timed and Espen Hoff cross from atop the six.
With the score tied possession again switched hands to the Kongsvinger offense. This time it was Holmen and Niang who paired up for the throw in to header goal.
It was a bizarre chain of events that secured the sixth and final goal of the game.
Petter Bruer Hanssen's 40 yard free kick found Goodson inside the 18 who trapped and fired the ball left footed on net.
The shot ricocheted off the right shin of Kongsvinger defensemen Yngvar Håkonsen and directly to the head of Mads Stokkelien, waiting on the six for the near post, open net goal.
Next weekend Start hosts Stabæk with Norwegian-American Mikkel Diskerud.
Mjøndalen 4 - 0 Tromsdalen
Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen jump to 10th in the 1. Division rankings after their defeat of Tromsdalen at Nedre Eiker Stadion, Sunday.
Dugoni started in his usual center back spot but only played the first 30 minutes before being subbed out for Martin Rønning.
Just four minutes into the game Mads Hansen found himself in a one-on-one situation with Tromsdalen keeper Eirik Sørensen.
Hansen easily dribbled around Sørensen, whom came off his line to make the save, and fired one into the back of the net.
Goal number two was also unassisted as Erik Midtgarden was awarded a penalty kick after carrying the ball the length of half the field, and being taken down by two Tromsdalen defenders just inside the 18. Midtgarden sent his penalty kick left as Sørensen dove right.
Joachim Olsen Solberg and Abdou Darboe were responsible for goals three and four in the 61st and 90th minutes respectively.
It was a free kick just wide of the 18 that set Solberg up for the one time near post goal from 12 yards out. And a corner kicked allowed Darboe to score the header in final minute of play.
Next weekend Mjøndalen faces off against a 14th placed Moss.
A red card forced goalkeeper Joseph Bendik into duty for the final 15 minutes of Sogndal's 2-0 loss at Lov-Ham.
Goalkeeper Steve Clark and midfielder Kenneth Di Vita Jensen watched from the sideline as Hønefoss fell 0-2 to Eliteserien powerhouse Rosenborg.
Colin Burns was on the bench as the reserve keeper in Sarpsborg's 2-2 tie to Follo.