Evergreen almost got caught looking ahead to Tuesday’s match with Delta.
However, the Vikings used two Tyson Woodring goals and another from Nick Rosinski to hold off Swanton 3-2 Thursday in Northwest Ohio Athletic League boys soccer.
The victory set up a do-or-die match with Delta Tuesday night at Pifer Field.
If the Vikings win, they will share the league soccer title with Archbold pending a Blue Streak victory.
If Delta wins or tie, the Panthers win the title outright.
Woodring scored when goalie Walker Lumbrezer launched a long punt that cleared the Bulldog defense and Woodring raced ahead of the pack after the ball came down to score inside the near post.
Then Woodring and Rosinski worked a back and forth combo play with Woodring taking the last pass and drilling the ball into the back of the net.
Rosinski’s goal came on Konnor Sanford’s crossing pass through the back line in which the high-scoring junior converted.
Swanton countered in the form of Hayden Callicotte both times.
The Bulldogs’ top scorer delivered on a long clearing shot and nailed a bullet inside the top 90 for his first goal.
The second came on a direct free kick, just outside the box.
“Swanton played very deep and we didn’t play wide enough to unlock their defense,” Viking coach Dave Skoczyn said after.
“It was a very competitive match and Swanton played very hard. We didn’t always match their intensity in the first half but I believe the second half was better.”
The loss snapped the Bulldogs three game win streak. Swanton now sits at 6-9-1 for the season.
The Vikings’ record is now 11-4.