MEGHAN BRENNAN - Monday, September 27, 2010
Start's American defensive pairing of Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson battled to a draw with Honefoss while Graham Dugoni led Mjondalen to another victory in the 1. Division.
Kongsvinger 1 - 2 Stabæk
Stabæk and midfielder Mikkel Diskerud secured their first win in a month on Sunday against Kongsvinger at Gjemselund Stadion.
Diskerud started at right midfield and played the first 88 minutes until he was subbed out for Jørgen Hammer.
Veteran strikers Johan Andersson and Veigar Pall Gunnarsson, both of whom have been out with injuries this season, teamed up to net the first goal of the game in the 13th minute.
A clear from the Stabæk defense landed at the feet of Gunnarsson who played a through ball to an attacking Andersson.
A chip over Kongsvinger goal keeper Olav Dalen, who left his line to challenge Andresson, went in at the far post to gibe Stabaek the lead.
Just five minutes later however, the hosts were able to equalize when Stabæk midfielder Morten Sjønsberg scored an own goal.
With possession on the six, Kongsvinger midfielder Martin Linnes shot a low cross along the goal line in attempt to find striker Kjell Sellin.
In attempt to stop the goal, Sjønsberg slid and instead sent the ball into the net and tied the game at one a piece.
In the 62th minute Gunnarsson flicked a left footed ball just inside the far post from the top of the 18 allowing Stabæk to again take the lead.
Five minutes later Sellin blew the hosts' chance for a tie when his penalty kick was saved by a diving Jon Knudson.
Stabæk remains at 11th in the standings and faces Åalesund at home next weekend.
Hønefoss 0 - 0 Start
It was an exciting match up of Americans on Monday as Kenneth Di Vita Jensen of Hønefoss hosted Start defensemen Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman in a tie at AKA Arena.
Di Vita Jensen started at right midfield for the hosts and played the first 76 minutes until he was subbed out for Leo Olsen while Goodson and Freeman started for Knut Torum at center and right back respectively and played a full 90 minutes.
Fellow American Steve Clark watched from the sidelines as Hønefoss' reserve goalkeeper.
The hosts, who are currently in a must win situation at 14th in the Eliteserien, came out of the gates ablaze as striker Davy Angan set up a shot for Umar Bangura atop the 18. Bangura fired his shot just wide of the far post.
Start quickly responded with pressure in the 13th minute when Freeman crossed a low ball to league leading scorer Ole Martin Årst who one timed a missed shot, near post.
Despite the trading of such close shots the entire first half, the game remained scoreless after 45.
One minute into the second half, Hønefoss again took the offesive initiative as a volley from Di Vita Jensen on the 12 was redirected by Angan and stopped by the feet of Start goalkeeper Kenneth Høie.
The game of almost goals continued and hit its climax in the 75th minute on a free kick by Hønefoss midfielder Lennart Steffansen.
Steffansen's shot from 35 yards out bent into the box, ricocheted like a ping pong off the scuffle in front of the goal, and Høie's outstreched arm.
Once the ball freed from the chaos, Di Vita Jensen was in perfect position to rip his shot from the 12 which was deflected out.
The excitement never ceased as Hønefoss shot two more misses to Start's one.
The tie leaves Start at seventh and Hønefoss in the relegation zone at 14th with five games remaining.
Next week Start hosts Tromsø and Hønefoss travels to play Brann.
Strømmen 1 - 2 Mjøndalen
Graham Dugoni has become a staple in Mjøndalen lineup where he started Sunday in a 1. Division win over Strømmen.
Dugoni played a full 90 minutes at center back to help secure the big win over a strong Strømmen squad.
In the 39th minute Mjøndalen put themselves on the scoreboard first with a free kick by Erik Midtgarden from 40 yards out.
Strømmen keeper Kim Hording came out to punch the ball out but got lost in the scramble.
The ball was shot, deflected off the cross bar and to Abdurahim Laajaab who volleyed it in from the six yard box.
The hosts responded in the 48th minute when striker Adreas Moen ripped a low hard far post shot from the corner of the 12 to tie the game at one goal each.
The final goal of the game came in the 65th minute when Mjøndalen's Adrian Paul one-timed a cross past Hording for the game winning goal.
Mjøndalen has climbed the 1. Division rankings to 12th and are currently free of the relegation zone. Next weekend they host Bryne at Nedre Eiker Stadion.
1. Division goalkeeper Colin Burns watched as the reserve goalkeeper in Sarpsborg's 1-0 victory over Tromsdalen. Joe Bendik did the same as Sogndal overcame Alta 2-1.