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Late goal spoils DL's first win of season

A collision occured during Saturday's game between DL's Heidi Nelson and an Alexandria forward. The game finished as a 2-2 tie.1 / 3
Sophomore Libby Schmit celebrates after her goal during Saturday's game against Alexandria.2 / 3
Natalie Roth boots the ball into the Alexandria zone Saturday.3 / 3

The Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team let one slip away, but still came out with a tie against a traditionally tough opponent in Alexandria.

The Cardinals scored the tying goal with five minutes remaining Saturday at the DL Rotary Soccer Complex, as overtime went scoreless and the game ended in a 2-2 knot.

The Lakers controlled much of the play, surviving two 10-minute onslaughts by Alexandria to start each half, with DL goalie Courtney Gray finished with six saves.

"It was nice how we controlled the game, we just need to learn how to hold the lead," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "It was just a lessoned learned and we'll have to tighten up the defense as a whole when we are protecting a lead."

The Lakers lost to Alexandria 6-1 last year and have beaten the Cardinals only once before that, so gaining a tie isn't all too bad, as DL notched its first point of the season in the record column.

Alexandria scored first halfway through the opening half on a corner kick, but sophomore Libby Schmit answered with time ticking away to halftime on a breakaway goal to knot it at 1-1.

The Cardinals came out flying high again to start the second half, but the Lakers were able to sustain a 1-1 tie, before sophomore forward Emily Payne one-touched a corner kick halfway through the second to put the home team up 2-1.

Each team had eight shots on goal, but Carter believed his team controlled the ball for the majority of the game.

"I thought, besides the first 10 minutes of each half, that we dominated possession," Carter said.

"I was pleased how we were able to slow down their attack, because they were a fast team."

The Laker junior varsity team scored its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.

DL will travel to Bemidji Thursday and head to the Byron Tournament Friday and Saturday for three games.

"The Byron Tournament will have some tough competition, so hopefully we can come out of it learning a lot," Carter said.

The Lakers will play in Walker/Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday for a 4 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.