Lakers bust Green Wave -- Boys' soccer stay on roll, win 7-0 over EGF
The cover was blown off the East Grand Forks boys' soccer team's chances early -- and often -- Thursday in Detroit Lakes.
The Lakers scorched the Green Wave 7-0 to improve to 5-2-1 on the season and also jumped to the top spot in the conference, with a 4-1 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the section.
"It was a big win over EGF because it was a section and conference game," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "We also were able to get a lot of pressure inside the penalty area, which enabled us to switch from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2.
"That allowed us to stack the midfield and control play and set up some good combination passing plays."
The strategy more than worked, as the midfield set up the DL forwards well with high-percentage shots on net.
The Lakers converted 50 percent of their shots into goals, out-shooting EGF by a hefty 14-3 margin.
"The guys were able to create some strong offensive plays and not just play the through balls -- instead, they were using some combo plays to create more pressure on the net," Wegleitner added.
Senior forward Victor Wilkins stayed on his hot scoring streak, striking in two more goals to push his tally to five total in the last three games.
It was Wilkins -- who took an assist from senior midfielder Brandon Baker -- that drew first blood just five minutes into the game.
Exactly 20 minutes later, DL struck gold again, this time a hard knock by junior Jacob Berneus from senior midfielder Jon Carter for the 2-0 lead.
Wilkins repaid Baker at the 28-minute mark with an assist of his own, as the Lakers started pulling away 3-0.
The halftime tally was at 4-0 after Wilkins made a patented header for his second score of the game.
A pair of unassisted efforts by Baker and Carter upped the ante to 6-0. The latter's goal was dubbed "sick and nasty" by a teammate after Carter deflected a long kick off his thigh and cracked it in the upper-right corner.
The scoring was capped by Andy Schupp at the 70-minute mark for the final tally of 7-0.
The Lakers dominated, despite not having their starting defenseman Cole Cossette in the lineup due to an injury.
"Charlie Smith ran the defense, while we put Joe Thompson back on defense and Martin Lanning has been doing a solid job back there, too," Wegleitner said.
The midfield of Carter, Baker, Cody Jordan and David Jonason on the outside more than controlled the pace of play, the DL coach added.
"We were able to play possession ball because everyone was playing so well together," Wegleitner said.
The Lakers will play their last home game of the regular season Tuesday at 4 p.m. when they host Crookston, which will be another important section tilt.