DL Girls Soccer - Lakers win 3rd consecutive with victory over Otters
The full head of steam is growing and growing for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team, as they strung together their third-straight win Saturday with an impressive 3-0 win over visiting rival Fergus Falls.
An effective passing game countered a strong head wind and a Fergus Falls' defense in the second half, as the Lakers (4-2) scored all their goals playing into the stiff breeze.
DL wasn't able to take advantage of the 20 mile per hour wind in the first half, which had head coach Dave Carter a little worried heading into the second half.
"Fergus Falls chose to play against the wind in the first half and we were able to generate nine shots on net, but with no goals," Carter said.
But the Lakers put their coach's mind at ease early in the second half, when senior forward Emily Payne scored the first of her two goals seven minutes into play.
Junior midfielder Anya Butzer gained the assist on a nice pass, as DL jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
The Lakers controlled possession for much of the second, despite the wind, by making clean and crisp passes, while not allowing the Otters much of a chance in DL's zone.
"The difference was our passing, it was really on," Carter said. "The movement of the ball was good."
That led to senior defensive player Jill Feuillerat's goal at the 74th minute, which was followed up by Payne's second goal by Payne three minutes later.
The Lakers outshot the Otters by a wide 16-6 margin, as junior goalie Kathryn Foltz recorded another shutout, her second of the season.
Carter credited the defensive unit of Butzer and Addie Kay Johnson for controlling the Otter forwards, while the midfield had another good outing, which included Beth Champa, Butzer, Callie Johnson and Natalie Roth.
"They are our unsung heroes," Carter said.
The DL junior varsity also was victorious 3-0, with seventh grader Lauren Tschider notching a pair of scores and junior Sydney Haman the other.
The Lakers will travel to another big rival in East Grand Forks (4-2-1) Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.
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