MEGHAN BRENNAN - Monday, May 3, 2010
Mikkel Diskerud helped Stabaek earn a point in their temporary home away from home while Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson will hope to push into the top three in Monday night action.
Stabaek 0 - 0 Haugesund
Norwegian American Mikkel Diskerud started and played a full 90 minutes as Stabaek tied Haugesund 0-0 at Ullevel Stadion.
Stabaek's first point since the 4-2 victory over Kongsvinger didn't come on home or away turf, but instead at Valerenga's Ulleval Stadion. The fellow Eliteserien squad will share their home with Stabaek through the end of May, as Telenor Arena is used as a music venue.
Although the lone point didn't change Stabaek's position of tenth in the Eliteserien rankings, it was an improvement following two losses, and was earned without several key players. Starting attackers Daniel Nannskog and Johan Andersson as well as midfielder Pontus Farnerud were all unable to play due to injury.
Three more injuries for Stabaek came during the course of a game which was described as, "messy and inacurate" by the Norwegian media. Espen Hoff and Morten Skøngberg were forced to leave the game in the first half, followed by Palmi Palmasson in the second.
A full Haugesund squad, who have been slowly climbing the rankings since week one, were disappointed in their inability to finish on several scoring opportunities.
One such opportunity came in the 65th minute when Haugesund's leading scorer Thomas Sørum, stood unmarked atop the six-yard box. Wasting the team's best chance for a win, Sørum headed a cross from Joakim Nilsen straight into the hands of Norwegian national team goalkeeper Jon Knudsen.
The scoreless match left Coach Jostein Grindhaug's team still searching for their first road win and Stabaek without a goal in over two weeks.
Stabaek travels to Trondheim Wednesday to face a second place Rosenborg at Lerkendal Stadium.
American defenders Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson travel to Aalesunds with IK Start where they will face the second ranked Eliteserien team at Color Line Stadion, on Monday evening.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen was subbed in during the 89th minute and an injured Steve Clark watched from the sideline as Hønefoss BK ended their match with Molde in a 1-1 tie.
FC Lyn goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey continues to recover from knee surgery and watched from the stands as his team overcame Moss 3-2 and climbed out of the 1. Division relegation zone.
Goalkeeper Colin Burns too watched from the bench as his Sarpsborg squad fell 1-3 to Bryne.
Back-up keeper Joseph Bednik did not play as a third-place Songdal defeated Tromsdalen 5-0 at home.