Girls Soccer: Gamble pays off for Lakers in OT win
A gamble paid off for the Detroit Lakes girls’ soccer team, as the payola resulted in a 2-1 home opening victory over Bemidji Thursday evening at the Rotary Soccer Complex.
After moving one of his best defenders back to defense in junior Addie Kay Johnson, DL head coach Dave Carter made a risky move after his team was trailing 1-0 to the Lumberjacks with time ticking away.
“With about 10 minutes left, I moved Addie Kay back up to attack and left her spot on defense open,” Carter said. “It was a risk, but I figured we were either going to lose by one goal or two if they put another one in.
“So it was worth it.”
It sure was, as Johnson delivered the game-tying goal with just three minutes remaining in the game.
“The ball was passed up to Addie Kay and she was able to run through the defense and put a rocket of a shot past the goalie,” Carter said. “That’s why she is so dangerous.”
Up to that point, the Lakers controlled the second half possession, after Bemidji won the first half and built a 1-0 halftime lead.
With the game heading into overtime, the Lakers gained a free kick almost midway through the extra period, where senior midfielders Anya Butzer and Natalie Roth connected, with the latter punching the winning goal past the Bemidji goalie.
“The second half, we were building and building,” Carter said.
“We made that formation change with Addie Kay moving to forward, which put more pressure on Bemidji.”
The shots on goal were even at 13 apiece, with DL senior goalie Kathryn Foltz having 12 saves.
“Kathryn had a good game and took control of the penalty area in the second half,” Carter said.
Bemidji had the only corner kick in the game, which is a rare occurrence, having that few of them in a game.
The win was a nice rebound from a 5-0 loss in the season opener to Alexandria, especially against a talented Class 2A team like Bemidji.
“In the past, we normally don’t get to this stage beating a team like Bemidji until later in the season,” Carter said.
“It’s a good win.”
The Lakers hosted Watertown-Mayer Friday and will be back in action at Hillcrest Thursday, starting at 4 p.m.
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