The Vikings are into the win column.
The Stoughton boys soccer team picked up its first win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Beaver Dam in a Badger East Conference game on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Collins Field in Stoughton.
Stoughton went into the game 0-12-3. The four goals also were a season-high. The Vikings had not scored more than one goal in their first 15 games before Tuesday.
“It was great to finally get a win last night,” Stoughton head coach Justin Packard said. “The boys have been working so hard in training all season, learning a system and style of play that was pretty unfamiliar to most of them. It was great to see their work rewarded with a win last night. That was a well-earned victory.”
Stoughton started off the scoring in the 31st minute when Charlie Mehring scored on a ball from Ramsey Winton. The Vikings took their 1-0 lead into halftime.
Beaver Dam pressed early for a goal after the break and scored to make it 1-1 in the 48th. But the Vikings responded in the 51st when Elijah Hartberg scored to make it 2-1.
“Elijah had a very composed finish, knocking the ball to the left of the keeper and then shooting into the empty net,” Packard said.
Stoughton scored on the ensuing Beaver Dam kickoff when Max Packard won the ball and passed it long to Hartberg, who was fouled in the box to earn a penalty. Winton scored on a deflection off the initial PK to make it 3-1.
Winton added another to make it 4-1 in the 77th with a lower-right corner goal.
Stoughton earned a No. 14 seed in the WIAA Division 2 boys soccer tournament. The Vikings will play third-seeded Baraboo on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Baraboo. Oregon grabbed the No. 1 seed in the sectional.
“It feels really good to get the monkey off our back and put one in the win column,” Packard said. “When you work as hard as these boys do, and they take care of and support each other through a long season, it's only right that their efforts are rewarded with a win like last night. I can't wait to get back to work to prepare for Baraboo.”