Defense to key Lakers' season
BY BRIAN WIERIMA
Youth will be relied on more than usual for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team's 2010 season, but the Lakers will still have talent -- just unproven as of now.
After losing seven seniors off of last year's squad -- along with the majority of their goals -- there will be more than ample opportunity for the incoming younger players to produce.
"By losing that many seniors, it does create opportunities for the other girls," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "But we do have good experience coming back."
Effort will not be lacking, as well as a hard work ethic, which will be needed as each of the younger players gain experience.
"All the younger players are working hard and we do have some fast players this year," said senior captain Libby Jordan.
The Lakers wil get junior defensive player Emily Raboin back, after she missed last season with an injury.
"Emily is a good athlete and a strong-looking defender," Carter said.
There are a host of other players looking to fill in the voids left by last year's seniors, including Jill Feuillerat, captain Heidi Nelson, Haley Foster, Lauren Sinclair and Beth Champa.
"I believe our defense will be good and strong," the DL coach said. "The question is, will we be able to score enough goals."
Skill will be key in DL's attack, which will feature effective passing and creating open spaces.
Sophomore Libby Schmit will be a potential scorer for the Lakers, with an array of attacker contenders to fill the midfield up in Ashley Friesen, Natalie Roth and Tori Vogt.
But there also will be plenty of young legs vying for time all over the field, Carter said.
Senior forward Sami Kiebke will supply good speed to help spread out the defense, but it will be a team effort to put up goals.
"We might develop a scorer who can put up 15-20 goals, but we always spread out the scoring usually," Carter said.
But the goals of the Lakers stay lofty and the chemistry is there to reach them, as well.
"We maybe rebuilding, but we have good potential," Nelson said. "The big key is to work together as a team."
The Lakers open the season at home Saturday, Aug. 28, against Alexandria, starting at 1 p.m.
The 2010 Detroit Lakes girls' soccer schedule:
2 at Bemidji
3-4 at Byron Tournament
7 at Walker/H-A
11 Fergus Falls
13 at Minnewaska
18 Grand Rapids
28 East Grand Forks
30 at Crookston
2 at East Grand Forks
5 at Hillcrest
12 Section play-in game
14 Section quarterfinals
19 Section semifinals
21 Section finals at SCSU
27-29 State at Metrodome.