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Cathedral Crusaders crush DL 5-1

It was a rough night for the Laker girls' soccer team Thursday in St. Cloud, as Detroit Lakes only managed to get one ball past the goalposts while being scored on five times by an inspired Crusader team.

"We didn't start off very well, and they (St. Cloud Cathedral) were very aggressive in the first half," said Detroit Lakes' head coach Dave Carter. "I don't know if the girls weren't quite ready, but we let them walk all over us for the first half (of the game).

"At least in the second half, we were competitive. Jalen Even scored a goal on a breakaway, so we didn't get shut out completely, but St. Cloud was pretty dominant."

With both the JV and varsity teams playing simultaneously, the Lakers were short on players -- but it really didn't matter, Carter noted.

"We had 13 players, while St. Cloud had about 22, but they were still dominant besides that," he said.

According to a report in the St. Cloud Times, the Crusaders had a bit of extra motivation for the win Thursday night, as the girls had just come from the wake of starting goaltender Kelsey Novak's father, Chuck, 44, who died Wednesday of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

St. Cloud put 29 shots on DL goaltender Amber Lee, who was credited with 24 saves in the loss.

"They played their hearts out," Crusaders coach Dick McMorrow told the Times.

"You never know how a team is going to respond, but our girls came out and responded unbelievably well."

St. Cloud's senior striker, Lisa Carlton, scored a pair of goals and added in two assists for the Crusaders. Goals were also credited to Katelyn Ley, Amy Laraway and Grace Belfanz. Cathedral goaltender Emily Doettcher was credited with five saves against DL.

The Lakers (7-3-0) played Saturday at Alexandria, and next take on East Grand Forks Tuesday in an away game.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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