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Lakers pick up nice rebounding victory

The Detroit Lakes boys’ soccer team clawed back to .500 with a nice 6-2 rebounding win over visiting Crookston Tuesday at the Rotary Soccer Complex. 

A fast and furious start by the Lakers paced them to a 5-5-1 record, as senior attacker Brady Crawford marked up a hat trick in the victory.

“The guys capitalized on their opportunities and moved the ball around better than they have been,” said DL head coach Justin Wegleitner.

“Now the big thing is for the guys to keep their focus. We have a couple of huge games coming up against Moorhead (Thursday) and at East Grand Forks (Sept. 26), so if we can capitalize on those, it will help bump us up in the standings.”

Senior midfield Sam Bergren also found the passing lanes to his liking, with three assists on the six goals for the Lakers.

“It’s nice to see Sam being a big part of the scoring,” Wegleitner said.

The Lakers grabbed a 5-1 lead after the first half lead, in which the first three goals came in a four-minute span.

Bergren opened the scoring with a nice pass to an open Crawford, which was followed by a tally on a Crawford to junior forward Bryant Windels two minutes later for a 2-0 advantage.

The Lakers put together a nice combination play on an indirect free kick in the 14th minute, as Crawford located the ball and put in a header for a 3-0 margin.

“It’s nice to get a combo free kick in, it’s one of the first ones we were able to put in, so it’s a good improvement,” Wegleitner added.

In the 24th minute, Crawford sniped off a Crookston pass and put it behind the Pirate goalie for his hat trick and the 4-0 advantage.

Junior defenseman Garret Armstrong made his first goal of the season after playing a backside pass by Crookston, which was trying to clear the ball, and had an open shooting lane to put DL up 5-0.

Colton Friesen added DL’s final goal on a rebound off of Windels’ strong shot on net, which deflected off the Pirate goalie.

The Lakers stumbled in the West Fargo Tournament, going 0-2, with a 5-0 loss to Bismarck St. Mary’s and a 10-2 defeat to Minot.

The third game was cancelled due to torrential downpours throughout Saturday.

Ben Thompson scored DL’s two goals against Minot, while Connor Johnson was injured against Minot, with Mackenzie Steele taking over in net.

“We played better against a very good St. Mary’s team in the second half, after we fell behind 4-0 at halftime,” Wegleitner said. “The wheels fell off on us against Minot after a very busy week of games.”

The Lakers will look to start climbing back in the section rankings with a home game against Moorhead (7-2-1) Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.

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