Decorah soccer teams go into overtime Monday

Both the girls (2-3) and boys (2-2-1) Decorah collegiate soccer teams took to the field Monday night (April 18) and each lost to their opponent in overtime. The girls faced Waterloo East (2-3) in an away game and lost on penalties. The boys played North Fayette Valley (4-1) at home and lost 1-0 in overtime.

Boys stuck at home
The freezing weather and high winds didn’t bother either team in the boys’ game as the ball spent almost the same amount of time on either side of the pitch. Each team had a lot of scrambles in the box, as well as some close calls from shots that came from outside the box.
Senior Zach Jermier came close on goal after a handball from North Fayette Valley, sent the free kick straight on goal but sailed just to the right of the post, drawing the crowd for air. Senior Ryan Johanningmeier got even closer when he took advantage of a rebound from the North Fayette Valley goalie, sending him just over the bar and out.
The second half was similarly deadlocked, with a yellow card for each team briefly interrupting the action. The game turned in North Fayette Valley’s favor in the second 10-minute half of overtime when a shot from the quarter field sailed to the far goalpost, ricocheted by a whisker, and bounced back into goal. NFV won the game 0-1 with three minutes remaining.

Girls fall into PKs
The Lady Vikes took it a step further and achieved a shootout to determine the winner of the night. As with the lads, Decorah and Waterloo’s defenses held up well but offered very few scoring chances to the opposition’s offense. The impasse continued beyond the regulations as two extensions proved equally inconclusive.
The stoppage eventually led to a shootout that narrowly robbed the Vikings of victory, with Waterloo East winning the compromise 3 to 2.
“The game itself and the two overtimes were a lesson in futility for both teams,” said coach Loren Hendrickson. “We need to connect the passes better. Not just one or two, but a series of passes that tear apart the defense. We have to work hard on that.”

Guys rule out NH
24 hours later, back on the field, the boys repeatedly lit the scoreboard on Tuesday night in New Hampton, winning 8-0.
The first goal at the six-minute mark for the Vikes came from sophomore Jimmy Valdez, assisted by senior Trysten Finholt. Just 10 minutes later, senior Zach Jermier scored his first goal of the season by heading in from a corner kick from junior Jake Magner. Magner followed up with a goal of his own three minutes later, helped by a throw-in from Ryan Johanningmeier. Johanningmeier got his second assist of the day when he dealt the ball to sophomore Jeramiah Rediske. Rediske scored a second goal assisted by senior Adrian Huang before the end of the half.
Huang scored the first goal of the second half with a goal without an assist. Magner hammered home a cross from Johanningmeier that was met by senior Brody Young. After 50 minutes, Rediske scored his third goal and the team’s eighth of the day for the Viking side, assisted by senior Bradyn Hook.
Senior Brayden Reiser and sophomore Caleb Meyer combined in goal for the shutout.
“This was a good day to make up for the small mistakes we made in previous games and gave us the opportunity to play against every player. We rotated through everyone in the first half and after 10 minutes of play we were able to get all of our starters out in the second half. Our lads who came on played a solid half today and worked really hard. You need the experience and today was a great day for that,” said coach Julie Simiele. “We want to improve a little bit in every game and this game showed us exactly what we need to perfect as we face the challenges that the end of the season will bring.”

Next for Decorah
Lady Vikings take on Dubuque Hempstead in an away game on Thursday 21 April at 4:15pm. They will have a short turnaround as they face Clear Lake at home on Friday, April 22 at 5pm
The lads will have to wait until Friday April 22 to get back on the court and take on Clayton Ridge in their own away game at 5pm
Both teams will be on the home court against Denver on Monday, April 25. The boys start at 5 p.m., followed by the girls.

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