A pair of penalty kicks feeding into a hat trick gave the Parsons Vikings a 3-2 win over the Chanute Blue Comets in SEK League soccer action on Thursday at Parsons High School.
“I’m feeling really happy and a little bit relieved, honestly,” Parsons head coach Caleb Reid said. “We studied Chanute on film. We fixed a lot of our issues in practice between Monday and today. I’m incredibly happy with how we played. We did good.”
Parsons has now won two matches in a row after beating Columbus 9-1 on Tuesday.
For Chanute, Thursday’s loss was the second of the week for the Blue Comets after falling to Pittsburg on Tuesday.
Aidan Wheat accounted for all three goals for the Vikings, notching a hat trick that included two penalty kicks.
“Every time he touches the ball, something magical is going to happen,” Reid said. “He finds space and takes the time to make a quality touch. He knows how to calm down. He’s in movement so much and they’re figuring out how to play with each other.”
Fouls in the box have been a consistent thorn in Chanute’s side, according to Blue Comets head coach Adam Wilcox.
“It’s something that’s been a bug for us all year,” Wilcox said. “We have a new varsity group and they don’t have the mental experience yet. Those are just mistakes. That’s part of growing into the varsity game.”
Jaxson Vaughan accounted for both of Chanute’s goals, one in each half.
“He played well. When he’s going hard, he’s just awesome,” Wilcox said. “That’s true with the rest of our team. We can hang with anybody. But when we get frustrated, we can check out for 20 minutes at a time.”
Parsons led 2-1 at halftime. Chanute controlled possession and mounted multiple attacks early in the second half as it looked to level the score.
“It was a little bit of luck because Chanute has some serious skill,” Reid said. “But we also got more vocal on the back as it went along.”
With the win, Parsons is now 2-4 overall and 1-3 in SEK League play. Chanute dipped to 2-5 and 1-3 respectively.
Parsons and Chanute, the two newest programs in the league, meet again on Monday in Chanute.
“I like having a rivalry because that pushes both programs,” Reid said. “The growth of soccer is what we’re all about. We have a longterm relationship with Chanute. I’m all for rivals.”