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Girls Soccer - Sartell escapes with 1-0 victory over Lakers

Laker Jade Olson (9) puts a shot on goal against Walker/Hackensack-Akeley in the first round of the playoffs last week. The Lakers moved on to upset Bemidji, then fell 1-0 to top-seeded Sartell Tuesday. The Lakers finish their season with a 11-7-1 record. Photo by - Brian Basham

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Although the Sartell girls' soccer team played some excellent defense en route to their Section 8-1A semifinal win against visiting Detroit Lakes, an own-goal was the decisive tally in the Sabres' 1-0 victory Tuesday.

The Lakers held possession of the ball for the majority of the two halves, but it was a Sartell shot, which deflected off a DL defender at the 31st minute of the first half, which proved to be the game winner.

"We were able to control their attack very well, while our defense and midfield played well," said DL head coach Dave Carter. "But we were not very good linking up with our forwards. That's where Sartell was very good by breaking up our link to the forwards."

The Sabres (11-3-2) play stingy defense, as was evident in their 10th shutout of the season.

"They have a very good defense and very good goal keeper," Carter added.

The lone goal of the game came after Sartell senior forward Katie Suttgen shot a cross from a corner kick into the Laker penalty area.

The shot was taken by Jena Sattler, who took a hard shot on net, which bounced off a DL defender and rolled into the goal.

Laker goalie Kathryn Foltz had a strong game, despite allowing one goal in, by saving 12. The Lakers had 15 shots on net.

"We controlled possession so much in the second half that I had Kathryn (Foltz) play up to the midline," Carter said. "But we just couldn't crack a goal in."

Clutch scoring was not a problem in the Lakers' quarterfinal game in Bemidji Saturday, as they rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime.

In the extra period, sophomore defender Addie Kay Johnson found an open Emily Payne, who ended the game with the goal.

Payne also scored the tying goal late in the third period off an assist by Halle Jordan, while Libby Schmit notched the first goal of the second half to trim the Bemidji lead down to 3-2.

"We were running Bemidji all over the field in the first half and I thought they would run out of gas sooner or a later in the second half," Carter said.

Bemidji did score all three of their goals in the first half for a 3-1 lead, after Anya Butzer recorded a penalty kick in the 11th minute for DL.

Foltz had 13 saves, while the Lakers had 14 shots on goal.

"I thought the girls were a very focused team in the playoffs," Carter said. "We had great leadership on and off the field and they were very determined. Sometimes it doesn't pan out, but it's not due to a lack of effort."

The Lakers finish their 2012 campaign with an 11-7-1 record, while Sartell will play for the Section 8-1A championship against Alexandria (which defeated East Grand Forks) Thursday at St. Cloud State University's Husky Stadium.

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