Decorah boys soccer team wins substate game against Independence

Posted: Thu, May 24, 2018 9:12 AM
The boys are all smiles as they celebrate the win! (All photos by decorahsports.com's Sara Peterson)

The Decorah boys soccer team hosted the second round of sub-state play on Wednesday after earning a first round bye. The Vikings played Independence and came away with a 2-1 victory.

Decorah was ahead 1-0 at halftime after a goal by Andrew Kozelka, assisted by Spencer Peterson. Independence scored early in the second half to even the score at 1-1. With just under 2 minutes remaining in the game, Peterson was tripped in the penalty box, resulting in a penalty kick, which was taken and made by Kozelka.

Head coach James Garcia-Prats says, "I am so proud of the guys. All week we have talked about just competing as hard as you can and fighting for each other, and that was evident in the game. Independence pulled one back and our guys just kept pushing. We deserved the win in the end."

The Vikings now advance to the third and final round of sub-state play on Saturday at noon on Decorah's home pitch. Decorah will face Hudson who they beat 1-0 early in the season, and 2-0 when they met up again in Decorah. Garcia-Prats comments, "We play a fantastic Hudson team on Saturday. I have a huge respect for their quality of play, so we are excited for a great game."

The Vikings are going into Saturday's match-up with a record of 11-6, compared to Hudson's record of 13-4. 

Senior forward Andrew Kozelka scored both of the Viking goals.
Senior midfielder Jake Muhlbauer leaps through three Independence players for control.
Sophomore midfielder Spencer Peterson fights for possession.
Sophomore midfielder Willem Hawley prepares to set up the play.