Girls Soccer: Lakers clinch Lakes to Prairie Conference title
The Lakes to Prairie Conference title has resided in East Grand Forks for the last half dozen years, making it almost a foregone conclusion of where the championship would go on a yearly basis - with the key word being “almost”.
EGF’s streak as conference champions is now over, as the Detroit Lakes girls’ soccer team officially clinched the Lakes to Prairie Conference banner Tuesday evening with a 3-0 win over visiting Hillcrest.
The win improved DL to 7-0-1 in conference play and ironically enough, it was the 2006 Laker team which last won the Lakes to Prairie title.
“The conference has been East Grand Forks’ property, it’s never really been a big goal of ours to win it,” said DL head coach Dave Carter. “But it’s a nice honor for the girls to win it.”
With plenty of defensive attention directed towards Laker senior attacker Natalie Roth, who recorded her fourth hat trick of the season Saturday, her teammates found some open space.
It was exactly what sophomore attacker Halle Jordan took advantage of, as she notched her first hat trick of the season in the 3-0 victory over the Comets.
“Natalie was frustrated she wasn’t being given any space, but I told her she is taking players away for her teammates,” Carter said. “Natalie attracted two to three players on her, which opened up Halle and other players.”
The Lakers dominated play, as they outshot the Comets by a wide 33-1 margin.
DL also remained undefeated at home at 7-0 with a 7-0 win over visiting Walker/Hackensack-Akeley.
In Saturday’s game, Roth registered her fourth hat trick of the season, while other DL scorers included Kylee Edwards, Jade Olson (two) and Lindsey Heinecke.
Assists were dished out by Heinecke, Anna Payne, Jordan and Addie Kay Johnson.
Even though Kathryn Foltz has had very little to save in net, she has been consistent and reliable when she is called upon.
The Lakers also beat Crookston 4-1 on the road, with Roth, Lindsey Dorff, Jordan and Olson all finding nylon.
But depth will be an issue for Thursday’s big section game in Bemidji, as Dorff was lost for the season with a broken ankle and Jordan Lundberg was injured after being cut on the forehead, which required eight to 10 stitches.
“They are big losses, since we are not very deep anyways,” Carter said.
The game in Bemidji will be key for gaining the No. 2 seed in the upcoming playoffs, which start next Thursday at the higher seeded team.