It was a fun way to start the season for the Decorah girls soccer team as the Vikes defeated Dubuque Senior 2-1 Saturday.
The game, originally scheduled to be played in Decorah, was moved to the Dubuque Hempstead turf field instead due to field conditions.
The Vikes got on the board first, with Taylor Lane putting the ball in off an Anja Arend corner kick just 2:08 into the game. Senior captain Abby Arend scored the game winner at 28:40 off a long ball from Rebecca Alcock. The Rams made an effort to come back, scoring a goal at 68:20, but junior goalkeeper Olivia Rauk made every save attempt thrown her way while the Viking defensive line, led by senior Alice Gullekson, helped preserve the win.
"This was a great game to start the season with. The girls really stepped up and played hard. We've only been able to be outside for five practices. To have to transition from inside to out and from our field of frozen grass to the turf field at Hempstead was a challenge that the girls really rose to. The field was so much bigger than we are used to, and the turf plays so much faster, I was impressed with our girls' ability to adapt," said Coach Julie Shockey.
"Our goal was to come out and set the pace in the first five minutes. The gals did just that with a quick goal and kept up the pace and intensity for the rest of the game.
"Do we have things to work on? You bet. Are we going to learn things from this game? Absolutely. Was it fun to get a win in our first game out? You know it."
The Vikes host Onalaska Friday, April 12, at home at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, they're at Waterloo East, beginning at 4:30 p.m.