Decorah picks up two victories in two days

By Becky Walz,

Vinny Ortiz (14) leads the offense down the field with Peter Essa (21), Creed Monroe (19) and Nathaniel Myers in tow. (Photo courtesy of Heather Benzing)

Fans who braved the wind and rain Friday and Saturday were treated to wins by the Class 2A No. 9 Decorah boys soccer team (12-2).

Early end
It was an easy victory for the Vikes Friday who shut down the West Delaware (0-13-1) offense early to defeat the visiting Hawks, 10-0, on senior night.
Decorah put up four goals in the first half and added six more to end the game by the mercy rule with nearly 18 minutes remaining. The first five goals were scored by senior Vinny Ortiz. Finishing it out for the win with two goals each were Jake Magner and Jimmy Valdez and one by Jeramiah Rediske.

Another W
Back on the pitch a little over 12 hours later, the Vikes took on Dubuque Hempstead (7-9) Saturday morning, picking up another victory, 2-1, to close out the regular season.
Decorah scored in each half, giving up one goal in the second half to the Mustangs. Putting the ball in the back of the net for the Vikes were Ian Giddings and Jake Magner.

Postseason next week
Decorah has a first-round bye in Class 2A substate 3 action and will play the winner of Dubuque Wahlert (3-14) and Maquoketa (1-12) Monday, May 22, at home at 7 p.m. Other teams in the bracket include Center Point-Urbana (10-3), Independence (6-10) and West Delaware (0-13-1).

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