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Girls Soccer: Alex prevails over Lakers

The Detroit Lakes girls’ soccer team had a tough time with their recent changes in a 5-0 loss in Alexandria for the season opener Saturday.

With the Lakers’ attack lines being totally revamped, and plenty of new faces in the defense, as well, the talented Cardinals were able to generate an effective first-half attack to bolt out to a 4-0 halftime lead.

“Alex overwhelmed us in the first half with a strong wind at their back,” said DL head coach Dave Carter.

“Alexandria has some good goal scorers and they were able to punch holes through our defense.”

The defensive unit did miss Addie Kay Johnson, who was switched to forward to bolster the Laker attack.

With the outcome of Saturday’s game, Carter said Johnson will be moved back to defense for the time being.

“Our focus will be to improve our defense in the coming games,” Carter added.

Alexandria controlled play with the wind by outshooting DL 9-4, but the Lakers outshot the Cardinals 10-8 in the second half, when they had the advantage of the wind.

“There were still some good things which I saw, with Anya Butzer and Lauren Tschider having good games at midfield,” Carter said. “Annikka Anderson and Amber Petermann also played well on defense.”

Senior goalie Kathryn Foltz recorded 12 saves in the loss.

The Lakers will look for their first win Thursday when they host Bemidji, starting at 7 p.m.

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