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Boys Soccer: Bemidji ends season for Lakers, 2-1

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Detroit Lakes 1  Bemidji 2

A pair of back-to-back goals by No. 3 Bemidji ultimately ended the No. 2 Detroit Lakes boys’ soccer team’s season last Saturday at the Rotary Soccer Complex.

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The Lumberjacks’ goals came within five minutes of each other early in the second half, which led to their 2-1 defeat of the Lakers.

Before and after the scoring series by Bemidji, though, a possession battle at midfield ensued, as DL produced just two shots on goal in the second half to Bemidji’s three.

“It was a really controlled game at midfield,” said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.

“After their two quick goals in the second half, they transferred some of their midfielders and attackers to their defense, so it was hard to create opportunities after that.”

The Lakers sent waves of attacks on the Bemidji net, though, finally cracking through in the 66th minute on junior attacker Braeden Housholder’s goal, on a nice cross pass through the Bemidji zone by senior Sam Bergren.

But other than that scoring combination, the Lakers couldn’t cash in on their other quality scoring opportunities.

“Brady Crawford had a few shots which hit the side of the net and once we had three players crashing the net, but the ball squirted out the side,” Wegleitner said.

Bemidji’s first goal resulted from a direct kick outside the penalty area, with the attacker breaking free and putting a header on it past DL junior goalie Connor Johnson.

On the ensuing kickoff, Bemidji’s counter attack put the DL defenders on their heels, as they were able to convert a breakaway goal for the 2-0 advantage.

“I thought Connor and the defense played well, it was just a tough day for our attack,” Wegleitner said.

“Of course, everyone could have played better, especially on that breakaway we gave up. We needed to capitalize on our opportunities and Bemidji did on theirs.

“That’s what you have to do in the playoffs.”

Bemidji eventually lost to Sartell, which met St. Cloud Apollo in the championship game. St. Cloud Apollo upset Hillcrest in the other semifinal game.

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