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Lakers teams do well in home tourney over weekend

Anya Butzer makes a play on the ball during the Northwest Tournament Saturday. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

The Northwest Soccer Tournament was held last weekend at the Detroit Lakes Rotary Fields, with plenty of action from the local striker teams.

The U-18 girls’ team played all the way to the title game, before losing to East Grand Forks 3-1, after they topped Fergus Falls 9-0 Friday and losing to EGF 4-0.

In the playback rounds, the Laker U-18 girls downed the younger DL squad 5-0, while earning a berth in the title game with a convincing 4-1 win over Thief River Falls.

The U-17 Laker boys’ team finished first, after winning over Crookston 8-3, losing to East Grand Forks 3-2, but prevailing in the finals over the Green Wave 3-0.

In the 8-3 win over Crookston, two goals were scored each by Sam Bergren, Brady Crawford and Mark Shipman, while Wyatt McConkey and Bryant Windels each added the other tallies.

In DL’s 3-2 loss, the Lakers took a 2-1 lead in the first half on goals by Bergren and Colton Friesen, with assists going to Crawford.

But EGF scored the next two goals to force the second game, in which Crawford notched the natural hat trick with three straight goals in the 3-0 win.

The U-10 Laker boys also took the title.

“The players played hard all day in the high humidity,” said coach Duane Strand. “If this team stays together throughout their school years, they will bring many victories to Detroit Lakes.”

Assistant coach Hilary Furuseth coached most of the tournament for the U-10 boys.

The U-14 DL girls were forced to play in the U-18 bracket due to a lack of teams.

DL fell to Thief River Falls 3-0, but won their second game 7-0 against Fergus Falls.

The DL U-18 team defeated them 5-0.

“This game was actually their best game since they had to play against an older DL team, including sisters playing against sisters,” said coach David Thompson. “They had just finished a game 15 minutes earlier and had no subs due to injuries.”

The Laker soccer teams will be taking part in the Bemidji tournament this weekend.

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