Decorah boys soccer team defeats Postville in home opener under the lights

Posted: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 11:22 AM
Willem Hawley takes a corner kick for the Vikings (all photos by decorahsports.com's Sara Peterson)

VARSITY: WIN 2-1

The Decorah varsity boys soccer team's 2-1 victory over Postville Tuesday night delivered all the drama deserving of their first home game of the season and first ever game under the new lights.

Co-Head Coaches Julie Shockey-Trytten and Ben Shockey said, "It was a tale of two sets of brothers in the scoring department for the Vikings. Junior Willem Hawley opened scoring with a left-footed strike from the top of the box midway through the first half. His goal, scored at the 20 minute mark, was assisted by junior Thomas Hadley. Postville answered on a quality set piece and left the game tied 1-1 at half. A re-aggravated thumb injury to starting keeper Peter Wilson meant ninth-grader Brayden Reiser saw his first career action in the second half. Reiser wasn't called on often but was up to the challenge at every opportunity. Junior Beau Hawley broke the deadlock in the 74th minute when his strike from the edge of the box found the opposite side-netting. The goal was assisted by senior Simon Hadley.

A stout defensive effort from a squad that's been challenged at every turn by illness and injury stood tall in the waning moments to preserve the 2-1 victory. The defense was anchored by veteran senior Lars Marquardt, juniors Owen Bruening, Joseph Seo, Simon Hadley and newcomer first-years Brody Young and Isaac Cooper."

JUNIOR VARSITY: WIN 3-0

"The Decorah JV squad put their depth and quality on display Tuesday against Postville at home. Goals by sophomore AJ Morrow, and first-years Edgar Aguilar and Trysten Finholt secured a decisive 3-0 victory. First-year Brayden Reiser kept a clean sheet in net with a good mix of veterans and newcomers defending in front of him," said the coaches.

The team huddles together before the game
Owen Bruening
Galen Iverson
L-R: Willem Hawley, Brody Young, #6 Bryce Bockman, Beau Hawley