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Detroit Lakes girls' soccer not 100-percent through entire schedule

Laker striker Natalie Roth (13) sends a pass forward during a home game at Rotary Soccer Complex. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
Laker senior Emma Butzer sends a pass into the opposition's zone during a home game earlier this season. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

A lack of a consistent lineup led to a lack of consistency in play for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team in the 2009 season.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, they were not able to play up to their potential, with the lineup changing weekly due to injuries and illness.

The sickness bug flew freely around the DL team, thus affecting head coach Dave Carter's ability to put a uniform lineup on the field on a consistent basis.

"Our biggest problem was we had people out due to injury and sickness, we had a lot of people out at different times of the season," Carter said. "We just never had that consistency."

That showed up in the wins and loss column, as DL never put together more than two wins in a row, but still managed to hover around .500 to finish 8-9-0 on the season.

The 17 games the Lakers had were the most the team has played in its 12-year existence -- including the Byron Tournament where they faced some top metro competition.

"This was our nicest schedule we ever had," Carter said. "We played LaCrescent, which just beat (Section 8-1A champion) East Grand Forks and is now in the state semifinals. It was nice to see some top teams outside our area."

The DL team was senior-laden with seven, who accounted for over three-fourths of DL's goals.

Senior forward Emma Butzer led the way with 11 goals and five assists. Her fellow senior, midfielder Jalen Even, finished with six goals and five assists, while classmate Ali Aafedt contributed seven tallies and two assists.

"We lose seniors pretty much throughout the lineup, from forward to goalie," Carter said. "It was also nice to see (seniors) Marta Borgeson and Danielle Eidenschink scoring from the defense, as well."

Borgeson was moved back to defense to help solidify that unit, which lost much experience from the year before.

But sickness kept Borgeson out of some action, as the defensive unit didn't gel as well through the front part of the schedule.

"We were trying to bring in new people in our 3-5 system, but we had to change that to bringing four back," Carter said.

The Lakers also had to break in two new starting goalies, in senior Kate Vomhof and sophomore Courtney Gray.

"It was nice having two goalkeepers on board," Carter said. "They were competitive, and each brought different attributes to the position."

The unit most affected by illness and injury was the attackers, as team-leading scorer Butzer missed significant time after a bout of sickness.

"Emma was out for a big part of the season, where she missed practices, not necessarily games," Carter said. "When we had the entire team together -- which wasn't much -- we had a very nice team."

The seniors who will need to be replaced next year include Borgeson, Butzer, Eidenschink, Even, Aafedt, Vomhof and Amalea Branden, who had two goals and an assist on the season.

With the departing seniors, there will be holes scattered throughout the lineup next year, which a host of junior varsity players will have to fill.

Gray will return after seeing varsity action the last two seasons at goalie, while Heidi Nelson, Libby Jordan and Alyssa Boyle will take on the captain duties.

"At the moment, (it appears) we'll have to have some JV players step up for our attack next year, so we'll have a lot of first-year players starting potentially," Carter said. "We will hopefully return Emily Raboin -- who was out due to injury the entire season -- back on defense, so that will be a big help."

Although it could have been a better season, Carter summed it up thus: you play with the hand you are dealt.

"When our team was on the field, I felt we were more technically sound than most teams, but unfortunately with how sick we were, we couldn't build on that.

"But that's life, that's soccer."

Laker results

Detroit Lakes girls' soccer season stats -- Record: 8-9-0.

Laker stats (goals-assists-points) -- Emma Butzer 11-5-27; Jalen Even 6-5-17; Ali Afedt 7-2-16; Libby Jordan 5-4-14; Alyssa Boyle 5-0-10; Marta Borgeson 2-2-6; Sami Kiebke 1-3-5; Amalea Branden 2-1-5; Danielle Eidenschink 1-1-3; Natalie Roth 1-0-2; Haley Foster 0-2-2; Tori Vogt 0-2-2; Heidi Nelson 1-0-2. Team: 42-27.

Goalie saves -- Kate Vomhof 63; Courtney Gray 123.

Team awards -- Most Improved: Jill Feuillerat...Most Valuable Player: Courtney Gray...Team Spirit: Libby Jordan...Most Valuable Forward: Emma Butzer...Most Valuable Midfielder: Jalen Even...Most Valuable Defensive Player: Marta Borgeson...Top Gun: Butzer...True Grit: Kate Vomhof.

All-Conference: Ali Aafedt, Jalen Even, Marta Borgeson, Danielle Eidenschink, Emma Butzer.

2010 Captains: Heidi Nelson, Libby Jordan, Alyssa Boyle.