The Vikings defeated the Spartans 2–1 in the women’s soccer final and the Spartans finished off the Hawks 2-0 in the men’s championship in two closely contested games which decided the fall 2013 season victors at the BYU-Idaho Stadium Nov. 10.
Gabby Mangum, no. 33 for the Vikings, scored the first goal 10 minutes into the first half. Lori Pasche netted one in the 17th minute to put the Vikings 2–0.
“Even though the Vikings were [winning], the Spartans had some great shots,” said Kathryn Harris, a junior studying business management and the games management lead for the finals.
Harris said that in the first half the Spartans almost had a goal, but since the player slid it did not count. That play would have left the score 2-1 at the half.
“These girls are tough, so they really go for the ball,” Harris said. “It kind of makes it difficult to do our job sometimes.”
No. 18, Laura Essig, scored the Spartans’ lone goal late in the second half, pulling her team within one.
The tying goal never came, despite several scoring opportunities created by the Spartan offense during the latter part of the second half.
“You stuck to your guns, you defended well, and you weathered the storm,” said Brian Burris, a senior studying exercise physiology and the Vikings coach, as he addressed his team.
The action in the men’s final played out differently, as the Spartans and Hawks were locked in a scoreless tie going into the second half, in spite of goal attempts by both teams. In the second half, the Spartans broke through.
The Spartans first and deciding goal came in the 56th minute.
Abel Chisanga, a junior studying economics, scored the insurance goal for the Spartans in the 84th minute — he polished the celebration off with a round-off backflip.
“I was hoping for the pass and my boys did exactly what I was hoping for,” Chisanga said. “Every time I have a chance [to score] I do my best, and luckily enough I made it.”
Enea Rrokaj, a junior studying physics and member of the Spartans said the team just clicked.
“We were undefeated this year, this was just our game. We worked really well defensively, and they took some good shots, and we were ready for them,” Rrokaj said.
Matthew Termeer, a senior studying business and member of the Spartans, said their success was in part due to good communication on the field.
“[We played] the ball without losing control,” Termeer said. “In the second half we came out a lot stronger offensively, and our forwards were able to make it happen for us.”
Both the Vikings and Spartans went undefeated throughout their respective seasons, according to www.imleagues.com.