The Decorah boys’ soccer team improved their record to 12-5 with a 2-0 win over Dubuque Hempstead on the road Saturday.

“Hempstead played their cards early and showed they were dangerous with a direct attack up the middle. We made some small adjustments on the fly defensively that the guys picked up on immediately which really took the sting out of Hempstead’s offensive attack. Once our defense settled in, that allowed us to gain a little more composure on the ball on the offensive side of things,” said Coach Ben Shockey.

Junior Owen Bruening opened up scoring for the Vikes with a zinger of a left-footed finish in the 18-yard box; junior Galen Iverson had the assist. 

“Beau Hawley put himself into the conversation for goal of the year with a beauty of a free kick,” said Coach Shockey on the Vikings second goal of the match.

“We, as a coaching staff, sometimes feel like a bit of a broken record, but it bears repeating that when our guys play their game-their pace and play positive soccer, we have success,” said Coach Julie Shockey Trytten. “We played great team defense, kept our composure on the ball and had good movement off the ball.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Peter Wilson made six saves to record the shutout.

JV action

After a slow start to the match, the Junior Varsity squad notched two goals in the second half for the win over Dubuque Hempstead.

“JV had probably one of the more physical games we’ve played at that level and our guys were up to the challenge. Once we showed that we could match them physically, then our quality took over,” said Coach Shockey.

Scoring for the Vikings were freshmen Adrian Huang and Ryan Johanningmeier; both goals were unassisted. Brayden Reiser made one save to secure the shutout. 

“Part of being soccer savvy is knowing how to respond to certain challenges other teams throw your way; our guys took the high road and played good, physical soccer. Again, positive play won out in the end,” said Coach Shockey Trytten.

On tap

The Vikings took on Waverly-Shell Rock at home on Monday for their last regular season home match. The team honored seniors and senior parents between the matches. Decorah travels to Upper Iowa University for their last regular season match to take on North Fayette Valley Thursday with varsity at 5 p.m. and JV at 6:30 p.m.