Mikayla Patterson had an assist on the first goal in the JV game Saturday against Dubuque Hempstead. The varsity is at home today, Tuesday, April 23. (Photo submitted)
It wasn't pretty Saturday when the Decorah girls soccer team (2-1) traveled to Dubuque to take on Dubuque Hempstead.
In the end, the Vikes lost 0-7 on the road.
Decorah was outshot 30-13 in the game, with goalie Olivia Rauk making 17 saves.
"Dubuque definitely had a home field advantage playing on the turf, but that's not to take any blame off our shoulders. Individually we didn't come with our 'A' game, and as a team we had a hard time picking each other up," said Coach Julie Shockey. "The Dubuque team plays a very fast-paced game and are excellent passers and finishers. Defensively we were slightly overwhelmed. We started to sort things out in the second half, but it was too little, too late.
"I'm very proud of the girls for playing hard through to the end. They could have thrown in the towel, but they didn't. In fact some of our best soccer of the day, came in the last 10-15 minutes of the game."
The JV team came home with a win, defeating Hempstead 2-1. Kahler Folkedahl got things going at 33:45 with a goal from an assist by Makayla Patterson. At 38:05 Folkedahl again scored a goal, this time from Emily Miller. Dubuque's lone goal came at 49:10.
Busy early week
The Vike were at Denver Monday. Today, Tuesday, April 23, they host Waverly-Shell Rock. The Vikes then have a long break until their next match, set for Thursday, May 2.
"We've got a full week of games, with almost no time to make corrections, but I have faith that the team will pull together and play some good soccer this week," said Shockey.