In their inaugural season, the Parsons Vikings are one win away from a berth to state after mercy-ruling Riverton 10-0 in the first round of the KSHSAA 4-1A regionals.
Despite playing at home in brutally cold and wet conditions, the Vikings came out on fire.
“I’m over the moon,” Parsons head coach Caleb Reid said. “We knew we had to put one goal in the back of the net and then we’d relax and do what we do best.”
After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Vikings scored three goals in the final minute of the first half to go into the break up 5-0.
“Going into halftime, that was all the blood in the water that we needed,” Reid said. “They realized we could finish and so we were able to push. That all goes back to our training. We’re high press, high pressure and that plays into our favor.”
The final goal of the first half came off the boot of goalkeeper Landon Wheat, who took a penalty kick.
“That’s something we had joked about all season long,” Reid said. “The keeper never gets their try. We felt like if we were up comfortably, we could do that. That was one way we could share. Thank God he made it.”
Frantisek Pavlovsky, the beating heart of the Vikings all season, led with four goals in the win.
“His key role here tonight was to be that passer and be the setup man,” Reid said. “He still managed to find himself in the right spots. That’s just his game. There were seams that he hit that were absolutely beautiful. He’s high energy and smart on the ball.”
Ethan Wheat added a hat trick of his own, with all three of his goals coming in the second half.
“He just came to life,” Reid said. “He’s always been good with his right foot. Tonight, he found the back of the net with that foot.”
Parsons will play the winner of Coffeyville-Columbus in the next match, with the winner advancing to the KSHSAA 4-1A State Championship.
Parsons beat Columbus twice in the regular season and never faced Coffeyville, which won the SEK League regular season title.
“Our back line will have to continue to put on good pressure,” Reid said. “When they’re firing on all cylinders, our defense gets tough. That can bring a different dynamic to a tough team. I’m very comfortable with our speed and power.”