Put one in the win column for the Parsons Vikings soccer program.
On Tuesday, Parsons defeated Riverton 9-2 on its home pitch to notch the first win in program history just four matches into the inaugural season.
“It was huge for us,” Parsons head coach Caleb Reid said. “Mentally, physically, the kids knew what they had to do. For us to go out and produce, it shows their quality work can produce means in the end. We had to operate at a varsity-level team to win that game.”
Frantisek Pavlovsky put up a hat trick plus one for the Vikings, burying four goals in the back of the net.
“His four goals really pushed our kids to step up to the next level,” Reid said. “After he got his third, he tried to give the ball away to others. He pressed the team win. He handed the ball off to the midfielders, which set up guys like Paxton and Ethan to do their thing.”
Aidan Wheat added two goals for Parsons.
“He’s an incredible sharp passer always ready to set up that run in the box,” Reid said.
Ethan Wheat also put in two goals, while Paxton Swanson had one.
Starting goalkeeper Landon Wheat put together a clean sheet in the first half before being subbed out.
“He had two tries on him and he played them really smart,” Reid said. “We kept a higher press and he did a great job of clearing the ball forward for our midfielders and forwards. He was active in starting that counter attack constantly.”
Parsons deployed heavy subs at halftime after taking a 5-0 lead into the break.
“We adjusted to the level of play and started shuffling our up-and-comers out there to get some varsity time,” Reid said. “We rotated a bunch and they pressed a few more goals in there. Our future looks bright because they handled the situation well.
“Our defense did a pretty good job in the second half. Riverton did a good job in the second half of clearing our lines and that did create some opportunities.”
The win improved Parsons’ record to 1-3 on the season. The Vikings travel to Columbus on Thursday for its second match of the week.
“Now it’s all about self-reflection,” Reid said. “Honesty is tough. Now we have this standard where we can make those passes and take those shots. Now we have to elevate it. We’ll set smaller goals and work on some things. But that self reflection will continue us upwards.”