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Crookston snaps DL girls' soccer six-game winning streak Tuesday

The good news is, the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team stretched its winning streak to a half a dozen games Saturday -- but the bad news is that the streak was snapped Tuesday in Crookston.

Speed was a detriment in DL's 4-0 loss to Crookston, as Pirate senior speedster forward Kalie Persson notched a hat-trick, plus a goal, in the victory.

"They played over the top," said DL head coach Dave Carter of Crookston's gameplan. "They put long balls over our defense and had several breakaways, using their speed."

The Lakers couldn't answer, despite being close in shots on goal, 12-10.

"Our shots weren't as good as Crookston's," Carter said. "They spread us out and we didn't have the capacity to stick together. But it's nothing we can't recover from. It's just a little hiccup."

The Lakers played shorthanded Saturday, with the weather helping out with cool and wet conditions to slow the game down.

That aided in the 3-2 victory, as junior captain and forward Emma Butzer scored DL's final two goals in the second half to ensure the win.

After a 1-1 tie at halftime, Butzer took a free kick from teammate Jalen Even in the penalty area and cracked it past the Thunderhawk goalie in the 57th minute.

With 11 minutes passing by after her first tally, Butzer this time took a through ball from Marta Borgeson for a breakaway score and a 3-1 advantage.

Grand Rapids scored with five minutes left in the game, as the Thunderhawks outshot DL 15-7.

That meant senior goalie Amber Lee had a good game in net as well, with nine saves.

The Laker junior varsity team tied Grand Rapids 2-2 and defeated Crookston 2-1 to improve to 7-1-1 on the season.

The Lakers (7-2-0) will play at section rival St. Cloud Cathedral Thursday for a 4 p.m. start.