Lakers throttle Wolves to advance
There was a slight cool breeze coming out of the west during the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer first round playoff game Tuesday, but that's not what was giving the Lakers a chill.
It was their 1-0 halftime lead over the No. 7 seeded Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves which gave DL its cold feeling.
But after two quick goals in the second half, the No. 2 Lakers warmed up to their offensive ways once again, as they routed the Wolves 5-0 to advance to the second round.
DL will host No. 3 Bemidji Thursday at 4 p.m. on the Rotary Soccer Complex.
"We just couldn't put the ball in the net in the first half," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "They didn't have a shot on goal the entire first half and we pressured them a lot. But it was a little motivation going into halftime 1-0, just because they could have turned it around and made it a close game."
Carly Busker scored the lone goal in the first half, leading into halftime.
Sophomore defensive player Jill Feuillerat's tally 15 minutes into the second half opened the floodgates.
Four minutes later, sophomore forward Callie Johnson notched a goal, with the assist by senior midfielder Libby Jordan, while junior forward Taylor Jasken capped the scoring with a nice lofted shot over the W-H-A goalkeeper's head.
"We just started talking more in the second half and got excited scoring early," Feuillerat said. "We started getting to the ball faster and got pumped when we started getting a bigger lead."
The Wolves only put two shots on DL goaltender Courtney Gray, while the Lakers held possession of the ball for the majority of the contest.
Carter also liked what he saw of Feuillerat's goal, since it came from a defender.
"We've been working on moving our defenders up and giving them a chance to score," Carter said. "I would like to see more scoring from our defensive players."
Feuillerat added it's been a work in progress, but she and her defending mates are adjusting well to the scheme.
"We're getting comfortable moving up near the penalty area," Feuillerat said. "We've been working on drills in practice."
The Lakers will now face Bemidji, which carries a 7-10-1 record, including two losses to the Lakers this season.
"We need to keep them out of our half and need to keep working on scoring more," Feuillerat said, noting some of the keys to DL advancing to the Section 8-1A semifinals.
The semifinals will be held at the higher seed, with No. 1 Minnewaska as the top seed in the upper bracket.