By Becky Walz,
Make that 11 shutouts of the season.
Playing on their home pitch for the final time this season, the Decorah boys’ soccer team (13-3) kept their season alive with a 4-0 win over Center Point-Urbana (7-8-1) in the substate semifinal Monday night.
Decorah traveled to Marion (15-1) for the substate final Wednesday night for the chance to go to state. The winner will play at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines June 1, 3 and 4.
Setting the tone for the night in minute three, sophomore Jeramiah Rediske scored for the Vikes, assisted on a long through ball by Drew Berns. The second goal was headed in by senior Ryan Johanningmeier on a Larsson Shockey corner kick. With his first minutes back on the field following an injury, sophomore Jimmy Valdez scored the third goal in the 21st minute off a cross from senior Adrian Huang. And polishing off scoring for the Vikes, was Valdez again off a long ball from Berns to a flick on from senior Trysten Finholt.
The shutout is credited to senior Brayden Reiser, assisted by sophomore Caleb Meyer.
The Vikes outshot CPU 21-1.
“We are ecstatic whenever we can clear our bench and get everyone some time, and we were able to do that again in this game. Everyone on the field understood their role in the big picture and committed to it. To be able to play all 24 on our team in a substate semifinal and remain dangerous speaks volumes,” said Coach Ben Shockey.