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DL girls' soccer starts out with a blowout win

The wheels started churning on the 2008 season for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team, as they shot out of the gates with a 6-0 opening win over visiting Walker/Hackensack-Akeley Friday.

Passing was the biggest weapon for the Lakers' attack, as DL scored three goals in each of the first and second halves, while the Wolves had only three shots on goal for the game.

"Our goalie Amber Lee had a pretty quiet day and we're not complaining about that," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "I was very pleased with the girls' excellent passing. We had several nice cross passes to set up goals, which we've been working on in practices."

Junior attacker Emma Butzer reeled off the first two scores in the first half, at the nine and 13-minute marks.

The Lakers kept applying heavy pressure in the first half, as junior forward Amalea Branden notched a goal at the 33-minute mark for the 3-0 halftime lead.

Junior forward Marta Borgeson opened the scoring in the second, 45 minutes into the game, while junior midfielder Jalen Even capped DL's scoring with two goals 16 minutes apart.

Assists were credited to junior midfielder Danielle Eidenschink (two), Even (two), freshman Alyssa Boyle and Butzer.

"I was pleased with our outside (attackers) in Alyssa Boyle and (sophomore) Libby Jordan, they were making some good cross passes and played well," Carter said.

Things will get a little more difficult Thursday, as DL travels to Bemidji to face the Lumberjacks, while hosting Crookston Saturday at 1 p.m.

"It was a good way to get the season rolling," Carter said. "It was very encouraging to see the passing. I'm already seeing improvement, and saw some weaknesses we can work on."