RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud keyed a big win for Stabaek over Rosenborg in the Eliteserien while Steve Clark earned Man of the Match honors for Honefoss who fought to a scoreless draw with Sandefjord in the 1. Division.
Rosenborg 1 - 2 Stabaek
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek continued Rosenborg's nightmare start to the 2011 Eliteserien with a win on Sunday at Lerkendal Stadion in Trondheim.
Diskerud started and went the distance for the Baerum club in a win that erased their horrifying 0-7 opening defeat to Lillestrom.
Rosenborg, who won both the 2009 and 2010 Eliteseriens, have now lost twice as many matches in 2011 as they had the previous two seasons.
However thing started ominously for the visitors as Rosenborg scored in the sixth minute when Mushaga Joar Bakenga fired in a shot from close-range following a deflected shot.
But 20 minutes later J°rgen Paulov Hammer answered for Stabaek ripping a shot from inside the area that gave Stabaek their first goal of the season.
The gamewinner then came just 15 minutes form time thanks largely in part to Diskerud.
The US international headed on Bjarni Eirkisson's cross only to see the ball glance off the far post and right to Gilles Ondo who poked it in.
Next up for Stabaek is a Friday contest at home versus Valerenga.
Molde 2 - 2 Tromso
Josh Gatt earned the start for Molde who battled to a draw with Tromso on Sunday evening at Aker Stadion.
Gatt was slotted up front by head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and played the first 78 minutes before yielding his spot to Daniel Chukwu Chima. The American striker also picked up his first assist with his new club.
Tromso stunned the home fans by getting on the board in just the third minute when Sigurd Rushfeldt headed in Remi Johansen's cross.
Molde responded in the 17th when a falling-down Makhtar Thioune managed to thread in a pass to Pape Pate Diouf who streaked past the Tromso defense and scored.
The hosts added another in the 56th courtesy of Gatt who set up Davy Claude Angan when he headed on a corner kick that Angan was able to boot in from close range.
But any thoughts of three points disappeared when the Molde defense failed to clear a deep cross and Miika Johannes Koppinen found a streaking Kara who tapped in for the equalizer.
Gatt and Molde will return to action on Monday April 11th versus Viking.
Sogndal 1 - 4 Odd
It was a long day at the office for Joseph Bendik and Sogndal who were thumped by Odd at Fosshaugane Stadion in Sogndal on Sunday.
Bendik started in goal for the hosts who were playing their first home match in the Eliteserien since 2004.
Odd started their scoring in the third minute when Torgeir B°rven's launched an inch-perfect free kick that sailed into the top left corner of the net. Bendik could only watch hopelessly as the ball curled in.
Sogndal actually drew level right before halftime when Isak Scheel's header found Eirick Bakke who then rifled a shot from the right side into the roof of the net.
But the second half was all Odd and it began with Jone Samuelsen's rocket from just outside the area that beat Bendik who had come a bit off his line.
Eleven minutes later Odd scored again on a Frode Johnsen header off a free kick from Torjus Ekeli HansÚn.
The ball looped into the area and Bendik rushed out to punch it away but the American netminder arrived a moment too late as Johnsen smacked in the header into the open net.
Erik Midtgarden capped off the scoring six minutes from time when he headed in a headed cross from Johnsen.
Sogndal will try to pick up their first point of the 2011 season next week when they visit Sarpsborg.
Sandefjord 0 - 0 Honefoss
Steve Clark earned Man of the Match honors for Honefoss by securing a shutout in their 1. Division season opener on Sunday at Sandefjord.
Clark started in goal for the guests while fellow American netminder Colin Burns watched from the bench as Sandefjord's reserve keeper.
Norwegian-American attacking midfielder Kenneth Di Vita Jensen also started for Honefoss and was replace by Rune Bolseth in the third minute of second half stoppage time.
Heavy fog made for difficult conditions for Clark but the former Oakland standout kept his calm and made every save when called upon.
Sandefjord had the bulk of the chances as Di Vita Jensen and the Honefoss offense failed to muster much of an attack.
Still, Honefoss will feel happy to have secured an away result against their fellow promotion contenders.
Next up for Honefoss is their home opener versus Hodd on Sunday.
Kongsvinger 2 - 0 Mjondalen
Rhett Bernstein's Norwegian debut ended early after a second yellow sent the American to the showers in Mjondalen's loss at Kongsvinger.
Bernstein started in defense for the visitors in their 1. Division season opener.
The American received a yellow card in the 42nd for his tackle on Adem Guven and then got his second yellow and walking papers in the 83rd minute for crashing into Kongsvinger goalkeeper Holmen Johansen.
Fellow yank Kyle Helton was left off of the gameday roster likely due to lingering injuries from the preseason.
Kongsvinger opened well and picked up their first goal in the 14th minute when Krogh Gerson found Guven in front of the net and Guven had an easy tap-in for goal.
One minute after Bernstein's dismissal, Kognsvinger out the nail in the coffin when Guven set up Olav Johannesen with a goal from close-range.
Bernstein will have to sit out next week's contest for Mjondalen who return home to face Nybergsund.
Asker 1 - 1 HamKam
Joanthan Borrajo and HamKam's debut in the 1. Division was a positive one as HamKam emerged with a point in their Sunday encounter at Asker.
Borrajo started in defense for the guests and went the distance. He also picked up a yellow card in the 55th minute for dissent. Borrajo was standing too close to the corner flag on an Asker corner kick and failed to heed the referee's initial warning.
HamKam were on the board first in the 36th minute when team captain Ekeberg Schjerve scored from 10 yards out after the Asker defense failed to clear their lines.
Asker got the equalizer in the 76th minute when Anders Nedreb° scored off of Chris Joyce's cross from the left side.
Borrajo and company will look for their first 1. Division win since 2009 when they return home next weekend to face Ranheim.