Lakers post a season-opener shutout in Watertown
It was the type of varsity debut that could be a good sign for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team.
Laker junior goalie Kathryn Foltz had a sparkling varsity starting debut, posting a 2-0 shutout in DL's season opener in Watertown-Mayer Thursday.
The Lakers aided their goalie by possessing the ball about "80-percent" of the game, as DL struck twice in the first half for the contest's only scoring.
"I was definitely nervous, but the defense did a great job and gave me a lot of space," Foltz said. "I have totally confidence in my defense, more than I do in myself sometimes."
The Lakers gave Foltz a 2-0 halftime cushion to work with after senior attacker Emily Payne scored five minutes into the game and freshman forward Halle Jordan scored later in the first half.
Both goals came off of rebounds, with Payne picking one up off a hard shot by senior Libby Schmit and Jordan's coming on a deflection off the goal post after junior Natalie Roth put a shot on goal.
"Our forwards did a marvelous job controlling possession," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "Jade Olson had some nice cross passes and Halle Jordan made some nice combinations."
The Lakers outshot Watertown-Mayer by a narrow 12-10 margin, but DL controlled play for the majority of the game.
"They had some one-on-one breakaways, but nothing too threatening," Carter said.
The Lakers (1-0) played Alexandria Saturday for their home opener and will travel to Bemidji Thursday for a 5 p.m. start.
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