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Boys Soccer - Lakers fall to Comets in quarters

Carlos Espinosa gets a leg on the ball in a game earlier this season. Photo by - Brian Basham

The odds were stacked against the surging Detroit Lakes boys' soccer team, as they entered their Section 8-1A quarterfinal tilt in Hillcrest down three starters.

The void left by the trio of Lakers forced DL head coach Justin Wegleitner to shift his team around, and the aftereffects were evident in the Lakers' 4-0 loss to the Comets.

"First, we lost defenseman Chris Larson to a concussion against Crookston (in the first round of the playoffs) and that slowed us up a bit," Wegleitner said. "We also had to change our attacking, which was building up some good chemistry through the season.

"Making those types of changes at this point of the season was tough."

The Comets (11-3-2) scored in the first 10 minutes, then added two more goals for a 3-0 halftime lead.

That led to Hillcrest moving two players in the defensive midfield, thus making it a difficult process for the Lakers to keep possession in the Comets' zone.

"They really clogged up our attack in the second half and slowed us down," Wegleitner said. "But the boys really put their heart into the game, we just couldn't get things moving."

Ethan VanOffelen took the loss in the net with 11 saves, while the Lakers were limited to seven shots on goal.

The Lakers finish the season with a 7-10-0 record.

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