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Girls Soccer - The fight for No. 2 in section to be held in DL

Lindsey Heinecke (6) fights for possession with a Crookston defender earlier this season. The Lakers are hosting Bemidji Thursday in a big season finale tilt. Photo by - Brian Basham

The regular season finale for the Detroit Lakes girls' soccer team has turned out to be their biggest game of the season, as they host Bemidji Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.

It's fitting the game will take place during DL's Homecoming week, because that's exactly what the Lakers (8-5-1) are playing for -- home field advantage.

The winner between DL and Bemidji (8-6) will earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Section 8-1A playoffs, while the losing team will settle for the No. 3 seed.

What's at stake is a home or road game in the second round, because if both teams advance out of the first round, the winner of Thursday's game will host the other.

"It's a big game," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "You definitely want to be home in the second round if you can be."

The Lakers did have a letdown of sorts Saturday after tying in Walker/Hackensack-Akeley (2-7-1) by the score of 1-1, despite DL outshooting the Wolves by a 24-1 margin.

The Wolves scored on their only shot of the game in the first minute of the game, as DL pelted W/H-A's net the rest of the game.

But only Jade Olson's shot found the back of the net in the 22nd minute of the game.

"We had shot after shot, but we really didn't have any strong shots on net," Carter said. "Walker played good defense, but it was still a letdown for us."

The Lakers did rebound with a nice 4-2 victory in Hillcrest (Fergus Falls) Tuesday.

Halle Jordan had a breakaway goal in the 14th minute for DL, while Natalie Roth notched the first of her two goals in the 36th minute to tie the game 2-2 at halftime.

Libby Schmit assisted on Roth's goal, then scored early in the second for a 3-2 advantage. Roth, on an Olson assist, put DL up 4-2, which was the final.

The Lakers and Comets were close to even on goals, with DL holding a 15-12 edge.

"Hillcrest was highly improved and their passing was better," Carter said. "But we did have more controlled play."

Kathryn Foltz was in net for both tames..

"We will need to make it a passing game and play the game we want and not let them dictate it," the DL coach said of the Thursday night season finale.

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