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Boys Soccer: Season starts with offensive explosion for Lakers

The season started with an offensive onslaught for the Detroit Lakes boys’ soccer team, after throttling Fergus Falls Thursday in the opener 5-0.

The strong attack was based out of the midfield, as the Lakers hung up four goals in the second half after leading 1-0 at halftime.

“The midfield showed well and moved the ball around well,” said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner. “All five of our goals were all scored by different players, too, and that’s nice to see.”

In the first half, the Lakers employed a good attack from the back end, which paid dividends after defenseman Colton Friesen hit midfield Mark Shipman, who was able to make a long run and chip over the Otter goalie for the 1-0 advantage.

Early in the second half, DL took a foul about 30 yards away from the Fergus Falls’ net, as senior midfield Ben Thompson went left back of the goal for a 2-0 lead.

Ben Nelson put the visitors up 3-0 on a corner kick and the Lakers were off and running.

“We forced three corner kicks early in the second half and Ben made a very nice follow up on the second one for the goal,” Wegleitner said.

Ten minutes later, DL struck again with high pressure in the penalty area, this time after junior attacker Bryant Windels took a foul and converted his penalty kick.

The final tally came from center midfield Sam Bergren with eight minutes left in the contest.

Junior goalie Connor Johnson had two saves for the shutout, as DL put 15 shots on goal.

“The defense played well and did a good job on their best player (Sam Rausch),” Wegleitner said. “The combo of Friesen, Garret Armstrong and Bergren really shut him down.”

The Lakers were in action at home against Alexandria Saturday.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.