Toppserien Week 11 Round-up: Avaldsnes steal a march on the title

In what seemed to be a turning point in the season, both Avaldsnes and Vålerenga prove victorious.

Toppserien Week 11 Round-up: Avaldsnes steal a march on the title
Avaldsnes stay on top. | Source: nrk.no

Week eleven of the Toppserien had it's focus on two matches, one at the top of the table and one at the bottom of the table with both matches providing what could be season defining for those involved.

Avaldsnes show their mettle

Avaldsnes had trouble in the past beating the teams around them in the table, and knew that going into their match away at Stabæk that a win would give them daylight from their nearest rivals and a mental boost for the the rest of the season. The first half went by goalless, but in the fifty-second minute, Holmfriður Magnusdottir scored the only goal of the game to give Avaldsnes a big boost in the standings knowing that their nearest rivals LSK still have a game in hand.

LSK Kvinner remained right behind Avaldsnes and dispatched a sorry Trondheims-Ørn side by seven goals to nil. Emilie Haavi was the pick of the goal-scorers as she finished the day with a hat-trick while Toppserien's leading goal-scorer Isabell Herlovsen also placed her name on the scoresheet. The other goals of the match came from Anja SonstevoldIngrid Wold and Isabell Bachor.

Kolbotn also kept themselves in the race with a solid three-nil win away at bottom side UræddRachel Axon picked up two goals at either end of the match and Ina Gausdal got her name on the scoresheet as well. Koblotn find themselves right in the mix for the title and now lie three points away from league leaders Avaldsnes.

Anne Olsen celebrates her goal | Source: vif-fotball.no
Anne Olsen celebrates her goal. | Source: vif-fotball.no

Vålerenga push for safety

At the other end of the table, Vålerenga picked up a huge away win at Medkila to place themselves eight points away from the relegation zone and right in the mix of the mid-table battle. Anne Olsen got the solitary goal in a one-nil victory for the away side.

Medkila, with this loss, find themselves firmly in the relegation zone and do not seem to be capable of catching up to Vålerenga in order to stay within the Toppserien next season. They, along with Urædd seem destined for relegation at the end of the season.

The mid-table battle rages on

Arna-Bjørnar produced a good one-nil win over a very capable Klepp side as Emilie Nautnes scored the only goal of the game in the second minute. It was a great way for Arna-Bjornar to bounce back after a terrible result in the previous round to Avaldsnes. The win also puts them one point above Klepp in the table.

The other mid-table battle saw ninth-placed Røa beat seventh-placed Sandviken by three goals to one. Stine Andreassen opened the scoring for the visiting Sandviken and it proved to be the only goal of the first half. Røa came into the second half like a different team and levelled the score in the forty-sixth minute when Andrea Froshaug found the back of her net. Gunhild Herregarden then scored to give the lead to Røa and Froshaug wrapped up the match with her second goal of the day. The win allowed Røa to leap-frog Sandviken into seventh place at the end of this round of matches.