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Girls Soccer: Lakers win their 3rd game in a row

After a season-opening stumble in Alexandria, it’s been smooth sailing for the Detroit Lakes girls’ soccer team ever since.

The Lakers strung together their third-straight win to improve to 3-1 on the season after a 10-0 thumping of Hillcrest Thursday, which came on the heels of a 5-0 shutout of visiting Watertown-Mayer last Saturday (Aug. 31) at the Rotary Soccer Complex.

The two shutouts seem to indicate the Lakers have solved their defensive woes which afflicted them in their season-opening loss, while they have pumped up a potent scoring attack, as well.

“We are just not making the silly mistakes on defense and our scoring attack has been very good,” said DL head coach Dave Carter. “This team is in a good place at this moment.”

The Lakers owned the Comets in Fergus Falls Thursday, as they lambasted their net for 10 goals by halftime.

After that, DL took it easy in the second half, as senior Kathryn Foltz laced up her second straight shutout with three saves.

“This was the first time I had to tell the girls at halftime to ease up on the scoring,” Carter laughed. “It was a nice problem to have.”

Scoring goals in the first half were Halle Jordan (three), Natalie Roth (three), Annikka Anderson, Amber Petermann and Anna Payne. The final scorer was not available in the stats.

Roth’s hat trick was her second-straight one, after she notched three against Watertown-Mayer.

Roth scored DL’s three of four second half goals, as the Lakers pulled away for the win 5-0.

Jade Olson opened the scoring in the first half, while Jordan added the other DL goal in the second.

Roth, who was moved up to forward from midfield, had a dominating second half, as the Watertown-Mayer defenders couldn’t get a grasp of her.

“Natalie controlled the game in the second half and was playing with a purpose,” Carter said. “It’s also important to get the shutout for Kathryn, because Watertown-Mayer was a fast and good team.”

DL outshot their opponents by a 19-11 margin, as the defense was able to contain their forwards, while working up front to help the attack.

The Lakers will have to good tests coming up, as they travel to Becker Tuesday for a 7 p.m. start and go to Section 8-1A power East Grand Forks Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.

DL will host Fergus Falls Saturday, Sept. 14, which will be another tough contest, Carter said.

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