THE Sebastopol Vikings have broken the deadlock with major rival North Black United to claim the Ballarat & District Soccer Association’s women’s division one premiership.
The Vikings withstood an early North Black blitz but bounced back in the second half to run out 3-0 winners at Morshead Park on Saturday.
The Vikings and North Black finished first and second on the ladder respectively and drew twice in the home-and-away season, and their qualification made for a mouthwatering final.
“Both sides were nervous heading into the match, but the girls took everything in their stride and put together an almost perfect game,” Vikings coach Peter Maggi said.
“The difference between the two sides on the day was who could channel the nervous energy into positive play, and who got overwhelmed by the occasion.”
North Black came out firing in the early stages, and dominated the first 10 minutes of play, but a shot at goal which hit the post shook the Vikings from their slumber, and they subsequently dominated for the remainder of the match.
Jessica Steicke scored the Vikings’ first goal 20 minutes into the first half, and Tiarna Van Gils and Daniela Weinreich added to the 1-0 half-time in the latter stages of the match.
“To finish so strong with a 3-0 win was sensational,” Maggi said.
“I asked them to step up for this game, and as a coach, to see all the work they had done at training come together in such a big match was incredibly satisfying.”