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Vikings hang 10 on Lincoln in soccer kickoff

Oakmont overwhelms Fighting Zebras
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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There was little drama Friday afternoon when the Oakmont High boys soccer team hosted Lincoln to open the 2009 season. After an intense run to the section title game before a tough loss to Granite Bay concluded their last season, the Vikings opened this campaign with an emphatic message. Most of the spectators had not even set up them lawn chairs before the outcome of this contest was determined, as Oakmont tallied three times in the first seven minutes en route to a 10-0 win that could have been much more lopsided. “It’s tough to take your main guys out early when it starts like that,” said Oakmont coach Mark Broers. “Lincoln is a young team that we really hit hard by have a large graduating class last year.” Against the veteran Vikings, that was a recipe for disaster for the Fighting Zebras. Cole Alexander found the back of the net twice right out of the gate, and then it was Robert Work adding the third goal in just the seventh minute. Before the game could reach intermission, Alexander had delivered his third tally on a header off of a Roy Pedro cross, and Oakmont had added three more goals (two by Mitchell Hunter and one on a Brett Alexander header off of a Kody Duff corner kick) to increase the advantage to 7-0. The second stanza was largely an exercise in ball control for this talented Viking crew as its defense, anchored by Tyler Kuresa, Pedro, Brett Alexander and Royce Kelly insured the game was played almost exclusively in Lincoln’s defensive third. Work set up Chris Bernardo for a pair of second half goals, and then Brett Alexander added his second tally to round out the scoring as Oakmont opened its season of high expectations with a rousing victory. Oakmont hosts Placer at 4 p.m. Thursday before facing a tough test the following week with matches against Rio Americano, Bella Vista and a tough draw at the Del Campo tournament Sept. 11-12 at Cherry Island. “We will certainly be tested with Rio Americano and Bella Vista and the tournament to get us ready for league play,” Broers said. “We know every game will be a battle in the SFL.”