Lakers exact revenge on Bemidji
The emergence of senior forward Victor Wilkins has been something the Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team has been waiting for, and now that the offensive-minded attacker has once again become a viable goal-scorer, it makes the Lakers that much better.
Wilkins' two goals against Bemidji Monday on the DL Rotary Soccer Field Complex -- combined with stout defense -- was enough to hold off the Lumberjacks in a 2-0 win.
The victory also snaps a four-game losing streak against Bemidji, which spans back two years. The Lumberjacks defeated DL 3-2 earlier this season, as well.
"We are finally seeing Victor come out of his little rut he had and become the scoring threat that he is," said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. "Victor didn't have any goals in the first five games, but he was still collecting assists and was helping put pressure on the opposing net.
"But we do rely on Victor to be a goal scorer for us."
Wilkins connected with midfielder Jon Carter twice against Bemidji, with both goals coming in the first half.
The first goal came in the first five minutes of play, as Carter made a nice cross pass in front of the net to Wilkins, who made one of his patented aerial shots on net for a 1-0 edge.
In the 15th minute of the contest, Carter found Wilkins again, and he drove the ball past the Lumberjack goalie to the lower left corner for the 2-0 lead.
It was Wilkins' third goal in the last two games.
"Bemidji showed a lot of respect for Victor and keyed their defense on him, but they still were not able to stop him," Wegleitner said.
The win lifts DL to 4-2-1 and adds to their section and conference victories.
DL outshot Bemidji by a 12-6 margin, with goalie Danny Engberg making several diving saves to preserve his shutout.
"The defense was excellent," Wegleitner said.
The Laker offensive attack is also starting to gel better, with forward Joe Thompson putting three shots on net and Wilkins four.
"This is one of our better starts in recent years and we need to continue this form of play," Wegleitner said.
The Lakers will East Grand Forks for another big section game Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m.