Goalie Mitch Burggraf stretches out to make the save on a corner kick early in the first half of Saturday’s match with Spencer. Going up to block the shot is Blake Klein. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Saturday the Decorah boys soccer team (1-4) got in front of the home crowd for the first time this spring.
In a hard-fought game, the Vikings fell 3-1 to Spencer. The Tigers went up 1-0 in the first half. It wasn't until late in the second half that Spencer scored again, putting two balls in the net. Almost immediately, Decorah attacked, founding the back of the net after a dangerous service from Blake Klein that was deflected into the goal by a Spencer defender.
"Spencer is a very good team who I feel will definitely make the state tournament this year and challenge for the state title. For these Decorah boys to play them like they did will mean a lot down the road," said Coach David Keller. "From this game, we saw we can compete with the best teams in the state, and if it weren't for a two minute lapse in concentration, we could've finished at 1-1."
The Vikes hosted Dubuque Wahlert Monday. Tuesday, April 30, they travel to Gladbrook-Reinbeck, for a game beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, they host Postville at 5 p.m.