Despite not getting any outside practice time this spring, the Decorah boys soccer team played a great game Tuesday night on the road to open the season.

Unfortunately, the Vikes came up one penalty shot away from the victory, falling to Dubuque Senior 4-3 in the shootout.

The score was 0-0 after the full 80 minutes of play. Head Coach David Keller called the Vikings "dominant" in the regular period but unable to hit the back of the net.

"This was the first time the Decorah boys had played soccer outside this season, and from what I saw, there is a lot of promise. We looked as though we'd only played in a gym up to this point and will need to work on exploiting the space of the entire field when we have the ball," said Keller. "Overall, I thought we were the better team, and had we been sharper in front of goal, we could have come away with a victory in regular time. I saw very promising things though, and think this will serve as a learning experience to both myself and our team."

The Vikes are at Iowa City Regina Friday, April 5, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, the Vikes host Aplington-Parkersburg at 5 p.m. in a single varsity game. Pick up Tuesday's Decorah Public Opinion for the season preview and team photo.