Decorah coach James Garcia Prats described Garrett Nordheim as the Vikings’ finisher.
The senior played that role to perfection on Friday.
Nordheim scored two goals in the final 2:36, including the game winner 70 seconds into overtime, as Decorah rallied to stun Class 1A top-ranked Regina 3-2 on Friday at Regal Field.
“Garrett Nordheim is our finish guy, he’s our finisher,” Prats said. “He kind of beat their player and had a good finish, he executed well in the end.”
Nordheim’s heroics lifted Decorah to 2-1 on the season in the second straight overtime game between the two teams.
Regina got a goal in the second overtime period to win 1-0 at Decorah last year.
This time it was the Vikings and Nordheim who made the plays late.
“They are a good team, they are well-coached, they are athletic,” Regina coach Rick Larew said. “They are all the things we expected and it was a great soccer game, I just wanted the other team to win.”
Regina (2-1) got two goals from junior Emilio Tovar but couldn’t convert on some second-half scoring chances while seeing an eight-match winning streak that dated back to last season end.
Tovar’s second goal of the game in the 55th minute gave Regina a 2-1 lead but Nordheim scored on a penalty kick with 1:22 left and ended the game with his second goal just more than a minute into overtime.
“We didn’t play nearly as well as we could of in the first half,” Tovar said. “The second half we definitely picked it up but we let them up and they came back.”
Decorah struck first when John Will Jenkins scored on a direct kick from 40 yards out in the 31st minute.
Jenkins kick sailed under the crossbar and past the outstretched hands of Regina keeper Isaac Vollstedt.
Regina evened the score before the half when Tovar slipped a shot past Decorah keeper Austin Bohr from just outside the box with 1:22 left in the first half.
Tovar then gave Regina its first lead of the game with his seventh goal of the season in the 55th minute.
The junior settled the ball at the edge of the box with his back to the goal, turned and fired a left-footed shot that slipped inside the right post.
“I was planning on crossing it and I got turned around a little bit,” Tovar said. “I just shot and it worked out.”
Regina appeared to have things under control late, but Nordheim had other ideas.
He evened the score at 2-2 when he tucked a penalty kick just inside the right post after Regina was whistled for a handball in the box with 1:26 left.
Nordheim then provided the game winner with 8:50 left in the first 10-minute overtime. “They played this exactly right,” Larew said. “They played to hold us from scoring a lot of goals and to get some counterattacks and their counters were a fabulous direct kick and they got the PK and their one good shot the whole game was two minutes into overtime.”
Nordheim took a pass from Parker Lane on the right side of the box and slid a shot past Vollstedt into the left side of the goal for the game winner.
“It was a little counterattack,” Prats said. “Our wide player, Parker Lane, just played it across perfectly and Garrett made a nice finish.”
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