Senior Ava Steinmetz scored in the final minute of overtime to lift Detroit Lakes to a 3-2 Section 8A North victory over Fergus Falls Saturday, Sept. 22 at Rotary Soccer Park.
After a scoreless nine minutes of the extra session, senior tri-captain Sidney Lundberg sent a through ball into the Otters’ penalty area with a left-footed kick and found Steinmetz and Karrigan Hallisey alone with a breakaway getting behind the Fergus keeper Svea Smedstad and three Otter defenders.
Steinmetz controlled the ball in front of an empty net and sent a kick trickling to the right post that Hallisey escorted into the net holding off the Otter defense to allow the kick from Steinmetz to get to the post and in for the game-winner.
Both teams traded goals to a 2-2 tie after regulation.
The Lakers led 2-1 at the halftime break despite Fergus Falls controlling tempo for much of the first half.
Madison Bowers opened the scoring in the 20th minute taking an Anna Jones pass and dribbling in to score in the top right corner for a 1-0 Laker lead.
Fergus Falls tied the game in the 28th minute when Sophie Rausch scored from 25 yards.
Anna Jones picked up her second assist of the half setting up Nicole Swanson in space in front of the net to go up 2-1 with three minutes remaining in the half.
Miranda Hoffman scored the lone goal of the second half assisted by Mady Eklund in the 48th minute.
The Lakers flipped the field and momentum in the final 15 minutes of the second half and took that burst into overtime.
The two teams have gone to overtime in both meetings. DL and Fergus played to a two-all tie at Fergus Falls on Sept. 15.
Detroit Lakes improved to 6-2-2 on the season; Fergus Falls dropped to 4-6-1. The Lakers are scheduled to play a doubleheader with the boys at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/CL-B (0-8-1) Monday, Sept. 24 beginning at 3:30 p.m. with the girls game.