Girls Soccer: DL loses, but gains lesson vs. Moorhead
Even though the Lakers’ eight-game undefeated streak went by the wayside with a 4-0 loss in Moorhead Thursday, learning from a defeat can be just as valuable.
The Lakers (7-2-1) will need to rebound quickly, though, with the No. 2 seed in the Section 8-1A playoffs and a potential Lakes to Prairie Conference title on the line when East Grand Forks (10-1-1) comes to the Rotary Soccer Complex Tuesday.
“There is a lot riding on Tuesday’s game against East Grand Forks and the girls know that,” said DL head coach Dave Carter. “If we can learn from the Moorhead loss and see what we should do differently, then losing 4-0 isn’t as bad.”
Moorhead outshot the Lakers by a 20-13 margin, while recording five corner kicks to DL’s one.
With a heavy wind taking an effect on the game, the Lakers fell down 2-0 in the first half playing against it, although they did have a solid first 15 minutes of play to start the contest.
“With a strong wind in our face, the girls played pretty well in the first 15 minutes, but then after that, Moorhead got into their stride and put two goals in,” the coach said.
Carter added some more firepower on the attacking line for the second half, in which they had the wind at their backs, but Moorhead countered with two more goals to capture the win.
The defense still had good output, with Annika Anderson and Amber Petermann each playing well, Carter added.
The game Tuesday is important for the North Section No. 2 seed, with No. 6 state-ranked Alexandria (9-1-0) firmly in control of the top seed.
The Lakers and Green Wave tied 1-1 in the two teams’ first meeting in EGF, so a win by either team will vault them ahead of the other in standings for section and conference.
“Playing on our field will be a good thing for us because it is a bigger field than in EGF,” Carter said.
“They put a lot of pressure on you and play a fast-paced game. We need to impose our style of game on them and that means playing with possession of the ball and slow it down.”
Game time is slated for 7 p.m.