RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen picked up a vital three points, while Sebastian Troupe and Bærum recorded their first point in over a month.
Mjøndalen IF 4 - 0 Alta IF
Mjøndalen put itself right back into the promotion discussion with its big win over Alta Sunday.
American defender duo Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein started on the right side of the defense, with Helton playing 76 minutes and Bernstein playing the full 90 minutes.
Mjøndalen dominated in the first half- both in possession and in goals. The first goal came in the 16th minute, with Pål Alexander Kirkevold curling a shot into the far corner of the net from the right side of the box.
In the 23rd minute, Erik Midtgarden doubled Mjøndalen's lead. Vamouti Diomande passed to Midtgarden, who feinted at the edge of the box to give himself some space before firing home from 19 yards out.
Mjøndalen picked up in the second half the it left off in the first, scoring in the 52nd minute. Stian Ohr sent a cross to the far post for Kirkevold, who headed toward goal. The goalkeeper may have kept the ball out of the net, but the referee's assistant ruled it went over the line.
From there, Mjøndalen cruised to victory. Bjarne Kortgaard Ingebretsen added another goal from three yards out in the 81st minute.
With the win, Mjøndalen leapfrogged into sixth place, only a point behind Sandefjord in third place. The team returns to action Sunday against Kongsvinger.
Bærum SK 0 - 0 Strømmen IF
Bærum ended its four-game losing streak with a tie against Strømmen Sunday.
American defender Sebastian Troupe started and played the full 90 minutes at right back. He also recorded his second yellow card of the season in the 24th minute, when he took down Kim André Brandtzæg in transition.
In what was a slow 45 minutes, it was Troupe who had perhaps the best chance to score right before halftime. The right back met a Andreas Aalbu cross and headed toward goal, only to see midfielder Gøran van den Burgt keep it out of the net.
Strømmen came out in the second half firing, creating multiple chances, but the Bærum managed to record only its second shutout of the 2012 season.
Bærum now has nine points through 18 games, and the team returns to action Sunday against Hødd.