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Boys' soccer team wins West Fargo Tourney

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In 2003, the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team won its first West Fargo Tournament, an event the Lakers have played in for the most of their 12 years.

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It so happens, that's the team the 2008 Laker version is chasing for DLHS history, after the 2003 squad set the all-time school win mark with 12 victories.

So it's probably no coincidence this year's Lakers also won the West Fargo Tournament, going 3-0 Friday and Saturday.

"We hope it's a nice coincidenc," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.

The three wins also stretches the Laker's winning streak to nine, with the past record being five.

"That's also nice," said Wegleitner, who knocked on the wooden table for luck after commenting on the nine-game winning streak.

The Lakers (10-2-1) have shown to be solid in all three facets of their game -- offensive attacking, defense and midfield play.

DL needed a 3-0 win over Bismarck St. Mary's Saturday afternoon to claim the championship outright and notch maximum points, since the tourney is round-robin play.

The Lakers did just that, scoring with four minutes left on a hard 30-yard shot by defenseman Charlie Smith near midfield.

Two quick goals to start the second half by attacker Victor Wilkins put DL up 2-0, the first coming off an inbounds throw by Cole Cossette and the second on a lob kick by midfielder Jon Carter.

DL downed Jamestown, N.D., Saturday morning 2-0, with each of David Jonason and Wilkins scoring goals.

The Lakers opened up with a 5-2 blowout of Minot.

Four different players scored, as Jonason finished with a goal and two assists, while Wilkins had a tally, along with each of Smith and Carter.

Danny Engberg picked up all the wins in net for the Lakers.

With four games remaining, the Lakers need two to tie the 2003 record of 12 wins and three to eclipse it.

"The guys are working hard and playing well," Wegleitner said. "They've established the record for longest winning streak and want to break the season-winning record. Then they want a long run through the playoffs."

The Lakers play Thursday at Minnewaska, starting at 5 p.m.

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