His name sounds likes one an American rapper would take upon launching his music career. Either that or a European soccer star.
But Tobias Gangsto is his given name, and he is a real deal foreign exchange student from Norway who scored twice to lead Durham Jordan’s boys soccer team to a 2-0 upset of No. 8-ranked Northern Durham in Pac-6 4A play Tuesday at the Falcons’ Barringer Field.
“Yaw,” he said in his Norwegian accent, “my new American friends have said that (about a rapper’s name).”
Gangsto’ second goal was out of a scene from the movie “Bend It Like Beckham,” with four seconds to play in the first half.
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He was 30 yards out on the right side of the field when his left-footed shot was driving on a straight line directly for North Durham goalie Francisco Guerrero’s belly as he awaited with his arms outstretched. But then the ball took a sudden bend up and to the right top corner of the net.
“We had talked about how their goalie is short and try to hit some high shots,” Gangsto said.
The cushion entering the second half was important for the confidence of Jordan’s young roster that has now won six straight after a 1-4 start. The rebuilding Falcons have a strong soccer tradition and have improved to 7-4-0 overall and 2-1-1 in conference play.
“That was very nice, very nice,” Jordan coach Don Jones said of the sudden 2-0 lead. “I think we missed some goals early, and more often than not that comes back to bite you. So to be able to capitalize on that one with a few seconds left in the half was nice.
“They’ve got a good team and some good players who can score in a heartbeat. So we certainly didn’t feel safe with a 1-0 lead. I thought we played relatively sound defense throughout, and that’s a sign we’re developing.”
On Gangsto’s first goal on a corner kick, he found himself free in front of the middle of the net. He raised his foot thigh-high to redirect the ball for the lead with 15:05 left in the first half.
Northern Durham has lost two straight and fallen to 8-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Knights previously lost 4-1 to East Chapel Hill.
Northern came the closest to scoring in the final six minutes. George Bekenya drilled a shot from 15 yards out toward the left corner of the net, but goalie Nick Cataldo made a diving stop.
“We didn’t have a lot of energy for some reason,” Northern coach Mike Tetreault said. “It seemed like we were unfamiliar with each other, which is very disappointing. I think everyone of us expected a better effort.”