Viking senior Brayden Krivachek scored the lone goal against Waterloo West for a win at the Hudson tournament Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Palmer)
Viking senior Brayden Krivachek scored the lone goal against Waterloo West for a win at the Hudson tournament Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Palmer)

It was a busy start to the 2019 season for the Decorah boys’ soccer team (1-3) as it hit the road for a match Thursday at Dubuque Senior and finished second at the Hudson tournament Saturday.

Tourney time

At Hudson Saturday, the Vikings were evenly matched in game one against Waterloo West in a back and forth contest. A dramatic late goal by senior Brayden Krivachek gave the Vikes the 1-0 win. Standing in goal for Decorah for six saves was sophomore Peter Wilson.

In game two, Decorah faced off against Webster City, playing well enough and creating chances; however, shots just couldn’t find the back of the net as Webster City claimed the 1-0 victory.

Quality play and high intensity showcased the championship match between the Vikings and Hudson. With Hudson leading, 1-0, Decorah put in a gutsy performance at the end of the long day. With approximately 10:00 remaining, a penalty kick was awarded to the Vikings when Gabe Austin was taken down inside the penalty box. Converting on the penalty kick was Willem Hawley to tie the score, 1-1. 

Ending in a tie in regulation play, tie-breaker rules for the tournament dictated moving directly to penalty kicks. The teams went through six shooters, with Hudson ending up champions after making five penalty kicks, to the Vikings four PKs.

“It was a long day physically and emotionally for the guys. They showed a lot of heart from the top to the bottom of the lineup. We defended well as a group and scored a couple of goals at crucial moments,” said co-head coach Ben Shockey. “We didn’t come away with the hardware but we are incredibly excited about the progress we have made already and are looking forward to a busy slate of games this week.”

Season opener

Thursday, Decorah opened the season on the road at Dubuque Senior, falling 2-0.

After the Rams tallied an early goal, the Vikings rallied with a barrage of offense but couldn’t get the ball in the net. Wilson served 80 minutes in the goal turning away five shots.

“We could have shut down early and let them dictate the speed of play, but we didn’t. We picked up our intensity and controlled play for much of the rest of the game,” said co-head coach Julie Shockey Trytten. “There are things we learned about our team at this game, one of which is that we don’t quit. The errors that we made are things that we can adjust for future games. Both teams served up eight shots.”

In the junior varsity action, the Vikings peppered the goal with 18 shots in the 4-1 victory. Junior Dawson Palmer recorded the first goal off a Trysten Finholt corner kick. Freshman Bradyn Hook knocked in the second goal, rounding out first half scoring. Both goals in the second half were scored by freshman Larsson Shockey.

Busy week ahead

Monday, the Vikings were in action at Independence and will host Postville Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Decorah will pack up and head to West Delaware Friday, April 12, for a 4:30 p.m. game.