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Laker squad downs 'Jacks for first 'W'

After faltering to close out a potential win against Alexandria in its second game of the season -- thus resulting in a tie -- the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team lived and let learned as they picked up their first victory of the season with a 3-2 win in Bemidji Thursday.

Despite being a young team, the Lakers did pick up a few pointers in their 2-2 tie last week against Alexandria, and one was be ready to survive an opponents' onslaught in the final 10 minutes.

DL marked its record to 1-1-1 after downing the Lumberjacks 3-2, behind some strong defensive play and effective attacking throughout the contest.

Despite the shots on net being even at 14 apiece, the Lakers made better use of their shots, said head coach Dave Carter.

"We had better shots on goal and were able capitalize on them," Carter said. "I don't think Bemidji coped well with our speed and the defense was solid."

DL was able to set the tone early, with sophomore forward Emily Payne converting back-to-back goals on some nifty passing from her teammates.

Payne's first tally came in the 34th minute of the game, coming on a crossing pass by senior forward Sami Kiebke.

The Lakers upped the ante to 2-0 early in the second half, as senior midfielder Libby Jordan found Payne with a through ball for the open shot.

"That goal was big, in that it set the tone for the second half for us," Carter said.

But Bemidji, being a traditionally tough squad for DL on an annual basis, made a comeback with a goal four minutes later, coming on a cross-in and geting past Laker junior goalie Courtney Gray.

The Lakers responded well, as Jordan was able to pick up her own rebound and pass the Lumberjack goalie for the 3-1 advantage.

With 15 minutes left in the game, Bemidji pulled to within one on a corner kick, in which the Laker defense broke down and let the second goal slip by.

"We had sloppy coverage on that corner kick," Carter said.

But unlike in their game against Alexandria, the DL defense buckled down and was able to limit any Bemidji defenders to no clean shots off in space as the Lakers held on for their first win of the season.

Carter credited his defensive stalwarts, sophomores Jill Feuillerat and Haley Foster for holding the unit together in DL's side of the field.

"The midfield also played strong with Anya Butzer and Natalie Roth playing well, with Libby Jordan, Ashley Friesen and Carly Busker providing solid play, as well," he said.

DL travels next to Walker/Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday for a 4 p.m. start.

The Bemidji volleyball team needed five games to dispose of Detroit Lakes Thursday in its home opener.

BHS took the match 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-8.

"We had the first home game jitters but we hung in there for the win," said Jacks coach Teresa Colligan, whose team is 2-0.

The Lumberjacks took the first set 25-19, but it wasn't easy.

The game featured four ties and as many lead changes.

Bemidji was able to open a 21-13 lead and eventually claim the win when the Lakers were long on a serve.

The Lakers overcame a 13-9 deficit in the second game with a 6-0 run, and never looked back.

In the third game the teams were tied 23-23, but Detroit Lakes took advantage of a pair of wayward Bemidji spikes to claim the two winning points and take a 2-1 edge in games.

The Bemidji girls soccer team fell to 2-2 on the season Thursday as the Lumberjacks lost 3-2 at home to Detroit Lakes.

Trailing 2-0, BHS finally found the scoreboard with 36:20 remaining in the game when Alexa Wang scored on a long kick from the right corner.

Sierra Anderson drew an assist on the play.

Senior middle hitter Carrie Sorensen banged home her own rebound from just outside the net to give Detroit Lakes a 3-1 lead, and BHS closed the scoring with 15:21 to play when Josie Spry drilled home a rebound of Wang's corner kick into the net.

Bemidji outshot Detroit Lakes 35-17, but the Lakers made better use of their opportunities.

The Lakers (0-2) will be back in action Tuesday, when they host Perham for a 7:30 p.m. start.

(Article by Pat Miller, Bemidji Pioneer Journal.)

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