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Girls Soccer: DL strikes early and often vs. Comets

Lindsey Heinecke (6) unleashes a long shot from her defensive position against Hillcrest Thursday. Heinecke finished with one goal in the 7-0 victory. BRIAN BASHAM/DL NEWSPAPERS1 / 2
Anna Payne (15) gains possession during DL’s first-round playoff win over Hillcrest Thursday. BRIAN BASHAM/DL NEWSPAPERS2 / 2

The first order of business was completed Thursday by the Detroit Lakes girls’ soccer team, as they rolled over Hillcrest in the opening round of the Section 8-1A playoffs.

The No. 2 Lakers (12-3-2) didn’t fall into the trap of losing focus against the No. 7 Hillcrest team (0-16), taking to the nylon early and often for a 7-0 win.

Six goals were scored in the first half, starting at the eight-minute mark, when junior attacker Jade Olson went in for an unassisted tally.

That ignited a scoring fest, as eighth grade defensive player Lauren Tschider put a rocket shot past the Comet goalie on a one-touch set-up by Olson.

The Lakers added four more goals in the next 13 minutes, from sophomore Jordan Lundberg, senior Kylee Edwards, senior Anya Butzer and junior Lindsey Heinecke.

Sophomore Halle Jordan added two assists in the game, while Tschider closed out the scoring early in the second half for the 7-0 shutout.

DL plundered the Comets in shots on goal, by a very wide margin of 40-1.

“(Goalie) Kathryn Foltz was a passenger in this one, but that was good because she is still recouping from an injury,” said DL head coach Dave Carter. “There probably won’t be many more games like this one the rest of the way.”

Carter was also pleased he was able to insert all of his older substitutes in the first half and all of his younger subs in the second half.

“I mixed our subs in with our normal varsity starters, but everyone had the chance to play,” Carter said.

The Lakers hosted No. 3 seed East Grand Forks (14-2-1) Saturday.

The winner will move on to play in the Section semifinals Tuesday against the victor between No. 1 St. Cloud Cathedral and No. 4 Sauk Rapids-Rice.

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