The Decorah boys soccer team has had a busy game schedule recently, and this week is no exception.
On Thursday, both the varsity and JV squads traveled to Postville to face the Pirates, but due to torrential rain and impending thunderstorms, the JV team was not able to get their game in. The varsity squad played in a downpour and eventually secured a 6-5 victory in a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw during regulation play. Goals were scored by Galen Iverson (Brayden Krivachek - assist), Bryce Bockman (Carston Krieg - assist) and Willem Hawley (Bryce Bockman - assist).
Head Coach James Garcia Prats says, "This was a crazy game that could have gone a lot of different ways. Our boys showed a lot of character coming from behind and handling a lot of adversity throughout the game. It is rare to have penalty kicks go to the 10th kicker for each team and for some of our guys it was their first ever penalty kick so I have to be proud of the grit and strong mentality they showed. Goalkeeper Avery Dugger has now come up huge in two penalty kick shootouts, so that gives the team lots of confidence as well."
On Saturday, both squads traveled to Waverly for a full day of sunshine and competetion at the Waverly Soccer Tournament. Varsity finished in second place overall after a 2-1 victory over Iowa Falls, a 2-0 victory over Waterloo Columbus, and a 8-2 loss with Ankeny. "Both our squads had a really positive weekend in Waverly. Our varsity guys did well to get to the title game and played an impressive Ankeny team who is in 3A. I know the scoreline does not look great but we definitely took some positives and some learning from that game," said Garcia Prats.
Waverly Tournament Varsity Results:
2-1 win over Iowa Falls: Andrew Kozelka goal (Bryce Bockman assist), Bryce Bockman goal (Andrew Kozelka assist)
2-0 win over Waterloo Columbus: Andrew Kozelka goal (Carston Krieg assist), Galen Iverson goal (Brayden Krivachek assist)
8-2 loss to Ankeny: Andrew Kozelka goal (Jake Muhlbauer assist), Andrew Kozelka goal (Spencer Peterson assist)
The JV squad played two games at the tournament and won them both. Garcia Prats says, "Our JV squad continues to impress. Coach Hollie has them competing at a high level and doing it in the right way."
Waverly Tournament JV Results:
2-1 win over Waterloo Columbus: Sawyer Vanden Brink goal (Jack Berlage assist), Tate Schissel goal (Sawyer Vanden Brink assist)
3-0 win over Webster City: Mitch Leschensky goal (Luke Benzing assist), David Olsen goal (Nils Holkesvik assist), David Olsen goal (Knute Hovden assist)
The Vikings kick off another busy week of play today against Dubuque Senior on Decorah's home pitch. The varsity game begins at 4:30 p.m. and the JV game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
On Thursday, the varsity squad will host West Delaware for a 5:00 p.m. game, and on Saturday, both squads will host Dubuque Hempstead with the varsity match beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the JV match scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Decorah's graduating seniors will be recognized on Saturday.