DL kicks it into high gear vs. Bemidji
The timing was perfect for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team to come out swinging, as they prepare for the Section 8-1A playoffs, which start Tuesday.
After a lackluster performance against Moorhead last Monday, the Lakers handled the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks 3-0 Thursday, thus clinching second place in the conference and a potential No. 2 seed in the North half of the section.
"My team showed up," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "They may not have been here against Moorhead, but they came out motivated against Bemidji.
"The passing was on, the attacking was solid and the defense played great. Everything was clicking."
The win also gives DL a two-game sweep over Bemidji on the season, which is important for seeding purposes for the section.
Although the shots on goal were almost even -- with DL holding a narrow 19-18 edge -- the possession and play easily tilted to the Lakers.
After a 1-0 halftime lead, which came on a Libby Schmit goal on the Haley Foster corner kick, DL notched an important early second half goal.
Two minutes into the second, Schmit again found the net on an Ashley Friesen assist for the more comfy 2-0 lead.
"Getting that early goal in the second kind of took the wind out of Bemidji's sails," Carter said. "After that, our defense continued to play solid and limit their opportunities."
More insurance was added in the 44th minute with Libby Jordan scoring, which ended the scoring on the day.
Courtney Gray recorded the shutout with 18 saves in goal, which also included stuffing a penalty kick in the second half.
"She closed it down," Carter said of Gray's performance.
The win gives DL a 7-8-3 record on the regular season and a potential No. 2 seed in the North, which will be determined Monday afternoon.
"I think going into the playoffs, the girls have more to give, yet," Carter said. "I think they can make a nice drive into the playoffs."
The Lakers will more than likely host a first-round playoff game Tuesday, with the time to be determined.