RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Hunter Freeman helped lead Start to a shutout victory over a Steve Clark-less Honefoss while Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek's troubles continue after a road loss at Viking.
Start 2 - 0 Honefoss
Hunter Freeman scored his first goal of the season as Start got back on the winning track with a two goal victory over visiting Honefoss at Sor Arena in Kristiansand.
Freeman started at his customary right back position while compatriot Clay Goodson lined up at center back in head coach Knut Torum's starting 11.
Both Americans went the full distance in the victory.
Honefoss goalkeeper Steve Clark continues to recover from a quad injury and did not suit up for the visitors while striker Kenneth Di Vita Jensen saw action in the final minutes.
Freeman opened the scoring in the 25th minute but the run-up was initiated by Goodson who played a ball into Ole Martin Arst who then chipped it across the area for Jesper Mathisen.
However, the ball would sail over Mathisen's head and right to the feet of an alert Freeman who anticipated the errant pass.
The native Texan wasted no time and rocketing a shot towards goal that deflected off a Honefoss defender and into the back of the net.
The goal actually did little to rattle Honefoss who had their share of opportunities but could never convert.
Following the halftime break, Torum's squad asserted themselves and pushed for the second goal but it would not arrive until the 90th minute when a little bit of luck came their way.
Christian Bolanos gathered in a pass from Arst and streaked down the left side looking for a playable cross.
With enough space, the Costa Rican picked out young buck Christer Kleiven only to see Honefoss defender Paul Obiefule stick out his foot and redirect the cross into his own net.
Next up for Freeman and Goodson is a date with Eliteserien leaders Aalesund while Honefoss return home to face struggling Molde.
Viking 2 - 0 Stabaek
The troubles continue for Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek who took one on the chin on Saturday in Stavanger against Viking.
Diskerud started at right midfielder and went the distance in the frustrating loss.
The match did herald the return of Icelandic striker Veigar Pall Gunnarsson who came on as a second half substitute but was unable to spark a uncharacteristically lackluster Stabaek attack.
The 19th minute saw Viking score their first goal. Vidar Nisja may have been the one to tally the goal but all the work was done by Ole Marius Aasen.
Aasen made a run through several Stabaek defenders before losing possession after being tripped up.
If Aasen had fallen down, a penalty may have been called but Nisja was Johnny-on-the-spot and slammed in a shot from just inside the penalty area.
Stabaek tried to muster an equalizer with Diskerud swinging in corner kicks but nothing would ever come to fruition for the dual citizen and his teammates.
The hosts doubled the margin in the 49th minute with a spectacular goal from André Danielsen.
From 30 meters out, Danielsen uncoiled a shot that torpedoed into the upper right corner of the net and a goal that will make the weekend highlight shows in Norway.
The defeat leaves Stabaek mired in 10th place with nine points in the Eliteserien standings as Diskerud and company return home next weekend to face surprising Haugesund.
Goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey is still recovering from a knee injury and did not take part in Lyn's 1-2 loss to Fredrikstad in 1. Division action.
Colin Burns watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper as 1. Division Sarpsborg played to a goalless draw with Follo.