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Lakers defeat Crookston 2-1

JUNIOR LAUREN SINCLAIR fights for the ball with Crookston's Keellee Koenig Tuesday on the DL Soccer Complex field. The Lakers won 2-1.

Finishing what is started has been one of the hiccups for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team, but it hasn't been a big affect in the loss column -- yet.

The Lakers pulled out a narrow 2-1 victory over visiting Crookston Tuesday on the DL Rotary Soccer Complex, while dominating the shots on goal.

Junior midfielder Carly Busker's nice penalty area goal at the 59:05 mark was the eventual winning goal, after the Lakers continually applied pressure on the Pirate net throughout the entire game.

In all, the Lakers had 27 shots on goal, including 16 in the first half, which produced a 1-1 halftime lead.

"We controlled the game well, but we didn't put Crookston to bed," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "We still have a problem finishing off goals. I saw very good passing by our team and we had five or six breakaway opportunities, too."

Busker's goal late in the game came on another heavy rush on the Crookston net and Pirate goalie Sydney Luckow.

Sophomore forward Emily Payne led the attack down the field and was able to find a trailing Busker, who pulled up and allowed the Crookston defender to pass her up, thus creating some open space for the shot.

Busker cracked the ball in the upper right corner, far out of reach of Luckow's reach for the 2-1 DL lead.

"Carly played a very good game in midfield," Carter said. "We are looking for more scoring from our midfielders, too."

Payne put DL on the board 2:33 into the first half, started by a nice pass by senior forward Sami Kiebke.

But the DL defense letdown a little afterwards and Crookston tied the score just over five minutes later.

Junior goalie Courtney Gray had 16 saves in the win and played her best game of the season, according to Carter.

"She was anticipating what Crookston was going to do and our defense is gelling well, too," Carter included.

The Lakers finished in a 1-1 deadlock against visiting Grand Rapids Saturday, after a scoreless first half.

Sophomore forward Libby Schmit broke the scoreless tie five minutes into the second half on a breakaway, but the Thunderhawks tied the game shortly after.

"Both teams were pretty equal and there was a lot of possession play in the midfield," Carter said.

The Lakers remain in second place in the conference with a 4-0-0 record, behind East Grand Forks, which is 5-0-0.

DL will host Moorhead Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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