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Quick start by Sartell downs DL

Emily Payne gets a boot on the ball during the Lakers' season and home opener against Sartell Thursday. DL lost 4-1. (Brian Wierima/Record)

Lessons were learned -- and quickly -- by the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team, after they allowed four quick goals in the first half against visiting Sartell Thursday in the 2010 season and home opener.

After trailing 4-1 by halftime, the young Laker team quickly adjusted in the second half, keeping the potent Sabre attack scoreless.

That obviously wasn't enough in the 4-1 loss, but DL head coach Dave Carter was satisfied with how his new team was able to overcome the four-goal first half adversity.

"Of course, we didn't want to lose by that big of a margin in our first game, but I am pleased overall and lessons were learned from the game," Carter said.

Sartell came out with a unique formation in the first half, with a sweeper behind the front three line.

The Sabres also employed good speed on the outside, which led to lots of open space for two of their very quick and fleet forwards, which ultimately led to four quick goals.

DL did pounce out early, as senior attacker Sami Kiebke notched a 1-0 lead in the first five minutes of play.

But the Sabres' attack came in waves, which overwhelmed the Laker defense and soon it was a 4-1 deficit.

"They had two very speedy forwards and our defense was letting them through," Carter said. "So we made some adjustments at halftime to try and keep those two pinned down.

"The defense worked much harder and we limited their pressure in the second half."

Carter was also pleased with how his attackers performed.

Sophomores Libby Schmit and Emily Payne had good season debuts on the front line.

"Emily has good speed and Libby is a tough, young player," the DL coach said. "Now, our attack needs to just pick it up a notch and finish off those breakaway opportunities they created.

"I feel we are going to have a good attack this season."

Junior goalie Courtney Gray had 13 saves in the game, as well.

The Laker junior varsity team also fell to the Sabres by the score of 3-1.

DL seventh grader Haley Jordan had the team's lone goal, which came in the second half after the Lakers trailed 2-0 at halftime.

"By the second half, the girls played out their kinks," said DL JV coach Elizabeth Solberg.

"We have a lot of new players, so overall I was happy how they played in their first game."

The Lakers will travel to Bemidji Thursday for a 5 p.m. start.

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