MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Despite having 11 corners and creating a majority of the scoring chances, Steve Clark and Hønefoss had to settle for a tie at home against Brann on Monday.
Clark minded the net for Hønefoss, as he has all season long.
Brann started off hot and was rewarded with a goal in the eighth minute. Clark blocked a 20-yard shot from Brann's Bård Finne, but the ball bounced off his chest and away from him. As the Oakland University-product scrambled to get the ball, Erik Huseklepp stepped up and tapped in the rebound.
In the 17th minute, Hønefoss equalized through a scrappy corner. Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson got on the end of a Riku Riski corner and sent a bicycle kick toward net. Standing deep inside the six-yard box, forward Mats Andre Kaland headed Sigurdsson's kick into the back of the net.
For the rest of the first Hønefoss poured forward to take the lead, but the score stayed the same going into halftime. Although things slowed down at the beginning of the second half, Hønefoss pushed for the match-winning goal and seemed to have it in the 81st minute, when Mikkel Vendelbo headed home a corner, but the referee called a foul in the box against Hønefoss after the ball went into the net.
Both teams had to settle for a tie. With the result, Hønefoss dropped into 13th place and has a one-point cushion over the drop zone, and the team returns to action Friday against Valerenga.