KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Cole Grossman and Stabaek earned another three points in a thriller over Lillestrom, while Rhett Bernstein scored a goal to help Mjondalen to a win over the weekend in Norway.
Stabaek 3 - 2 Lillestrom
The Blue Ones extended their winning streak to four games with a come-from-behind win at home against Lillestrom.
It looked early on that Stabaek would be heading for a loss as the visitors opened the scoring in the 15th minute with Fred Friday redirecting in a pass from teammate Stian Ringstad.
Lillestrom made it 2-0 in the 30th minute as Erling Knudtzon would hold on to the ball long enough for an oncoming Jorgen Kolstand to collect the pass and fire it past Stabaek goalkeeper Mande Sayouba.
The home side would come to life at just the right time in the second half and scored their first goal in the 50th minute. Muhamed Keita sent a floating ball over the Lillestrom defense and Adama Diomande would volley it home to cut the lead.
Stabaek would press for the equalizer and were rewarded for their efforts in the 86th minute. Diomande headed the ball towards goal, but Lillestrom goalkeeper Arnold Origi would do well to make the save. However, he could only parry it away and Nicolai Naess collected the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net.
Diomande scored the game winner two minutes from time as Origi made a poor grab for the ball leaving the Norwegian to put in the rebound.
Stabaek remain in second place in the standings, still seven points behind league leaders Rosenborg.
Mjondalen 2 - 1 Haugesund
Mjondalen found it a great relief to end their three-game losing streak with a win over Haugesund at the Isachsen Stadium.
However, things did not start so well for the home side, especially for debutant Erik Hurtado. The American forward would find the back of the net in the 39th minute but for Haugesund as he failed to clear the ball from the goal line.
Mjondalen got things back together in the second half and Rhett Bernstein would lead the charge in the 56th minute. The American defender would leap above his marker to head in the equalizer off a corner kick.
It the team until stoppage time to find the game winner, and it would again come from a set piece. Erik Midtgarden sent the ball into the crowded box leading to a scramble. Fortunately for Mjondalen, Craig Henderson would get his foot onto the ball and fire it past goalkeeper Per Bratveit.
Bernstein played the entire 90 minutes while Hurtado saw 68 minutes of action in his debut.
The win sees Mjondalen move up to 14th place in the standings.
Zarek Valentin was in the starting lineup and got a yellow card in the 83rd minute in Bodo/Glimt's 2-1 loss to Viking, snapping their six-game win streak.
Ethan Horvath kept a clean sheet for Molde in their 0-0 tie with Sarpsborg 08.
Alex De John was in the lineup, but Start suffered a 4-0 defeat to Odd. The team has now lost five games in a row.