The Decorah boys soccer team traveled to Dubuque on Thursday and came away with a loss to Dubuque Senior 0-2.
Co-head coach Julie Shockey Trytten said, "Willem Hawley and Peter Wilson served as captains. Wilson served 80 minutes in goal turning away five shots. After Dubuque Senior tallied an early goal, Decorah rallied with a barrage of offense. We could have shut down early and let them dictate the speed of play, but we didn't. We picked up our intensity and controlled play for much of the rest of the game. There are things we learned about our team at this game, one of which is that we don't quit. The errors that we made are things that we can adjust for future games. Both teams served up eight shots."
The jv team won 4-1. Coach Julie said, "Brayden Reiser played the full match in goal; turning away three shots thanks to a solid defensive effort. The Vikings peppered the goal with 18 shots. Dawson Palmer recorded the first goal off a Trysten Finholt corner kick. Bradyn Hook knocked in the second goal, rounding out first half scoring. Both goals in the second half were scored by Larsson Shockey; his first goal was unassisted, the second assisted by Finholt."
The Vikings also traveled to Hudson on Saturday and placed second in the tournament.
Co-head coach Ben Shockey had this to say about the day, "We took second place after a tie in the championship match forced the game to penalty kicks. After six kicks, we lost, scoring four and giving up five. Peter Wilson played every minute of the three matches in the net for the Vikes, as well as the championship shootout."
Game one vs Waterloo West: WIN 1-0
Captains: Beau Hawley and Lars Marquardt
This was a well matched, back and forth contest with a dramatic, late, game-winner from senior Brayden Krivachek.
Game two vs. Webster City: LOSS 0-1
Captains: Bryce Bockman and Galen Iverson
This was an unfortunate result; we played well enough and created chances but just couldn't find the back of the net.
Game three (Championship game) vs Hudson: TIE 1-1, recorded as second place after shootout
Captains: Mitchell Leschensky and Joseph Seo
This was the kind of game every soccer fan should want to see. It was evenly matched with quality play and high intensity from both teams. The guys put in a gutsy performance at the end of a long day and rewarded themselves with an equalizer when a penalty kick was awarded when Gabe Austin was taken down inside the penalty box with about 10 minutes left in the game. The penalty kick was converted by Willem Hawley. Ending in a tie in regulation play, tie-breaker rules for the tournament dictated moving directly to penalty kicks. The teams went through six shooters, with Hudson ending up champions after making five penalty kicks, to the Vikings four PKs.
Coach Ben added, "It was a long day physically and emotionally for the guys. They showed a lot of heart from the top to the bottom of the lineup. We defended well as a group and scored a couple of goals at crucial moments. We didn't come away with the hardware but we're incredibly excited about the progress we've made already and are looking forward to a busy slate of games this week."