Returning letter winners for the Decorah boys soccer team are, from left, front row - Blake Klein, Isaac Marquardt, Garrett Nordheim, Joshua Lee, Thomas Knobbe. Second row - Brett Johnson, Jacob Hrdlicka, Joshua Miller, Lee Rollins, Ethan Pankow, Chris Wieseler, Mitchell Burggraf. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Returning letter winners for the Decorah boys soccer team are, from left, front row - Blake Klein, Isaac Marquardt, Garrett Nordheim, Joshua Lee, Thomas Knobbe. Second row - Brett Johnson, Jacob Hrdlicka, Joshua Miller, Lee Rollins, Ethan Pankow, Chris Wieseler, Mitchell Burggraf. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

A veteran team will take the field this season for the Decorah boys soccer team.

With 13 returning letter winners, a strong group of seniors and eight returning starters, the Vikings are ready to take the field this season.

Serving as head coach this year is David Keller. Keller has a 24-7-1 career record in his three years leading the team. He will be assisted by Luther Head Coach James Garcia Pratts.



Learning to lead

The Vikings of 2012 were a younger team with not much varsity experience. However, the Vikes grew quickly throughout the season. They posted a 7-5-1 record during the regular season. In the first round of the playoffs, the Vikes knocked off Waverly-Shell Rock 3-0 to move on. With Anamosa next on the list, the Vikes came up just short, falling 1-0.

With the loss came the end of high school careers for seven players, including goalkeeper Blaise Schaeffer, Sam Garwood, Jacob Miller and Gabe Eide.

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