Detroit Lakes and Bemidji battled much of the match in the midfield as the two top Section 8A teams duked it out to a 1-1 draw at Rotary Soccer Park Thursday night.
Both goals were scored in the first half.
Bemidji junior Lindsey Hildenbrand opened the scoring for the Jacks (10-4-1) in the ninth minute when Kinley Prestegard pressured DL keeper Payton Carlblom into making a hasty pass that Hildenbrand intercepted and scored on a left-footed, curving shot to the the far corner to grab the lead early.
Laker junior Anna Jones got the ball moving quickly after a handball call on Bemidji and tied the score three minutes before halftime on a long, high shot from 30 yards.
The Detroit Lakes defense swarmed the midfield forcing Bemidji to make short, concise passes to move upfield, while the Lakers tried to send balls from the centerline deep into Jacks’ territory to get at keeper Allison Beard.
Bemidji controlled play late in the second half but Carlblom was placed perfectly in net to negate scoring opportunities.
Karrigan Hallisey made a number of runs at the Jacks’ net creating back-to-back scoring chances in the 74th minute and a shot that went just wide right of the net in the 77th minute.
In overtime, the Lakers had a corner four minutes in that skated through everyone in front of the net for the best opportunity in extra time.
The Lakers are 10-2-3 overall and 6-0-1 in their last seven contests heading into the season finale on the road at Moorhead (12-3) Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. The Spuds have won 10 of the last 11 including six shutouts. Moorhead was victorious in DL 4-1 on Sept. 20, the last time the Lakers were defeated this season.Hillcrest pays DL boys back in shutout
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy gave the Laker boys soccer team a sour note to end the regular season on scoring six goals while blanking the DL offense Thursday afternoon.
Markus Fluge scored three minutes into the game followed by a goal from Eirik Primavera.
The Comets got goals from Nick Foss, Iver Honningdal to lead 4-0 at the break.
Fluge scored on a penalty kick in the second half and Foss put a header in the back of the net for the 6-0 final.
The Lakers end the regular season with a mark of 6-8-1. DL is on the bubble for a home playoff game with Pelican Rapids currently at No. 4 in the nine-team section standings to DL at No. 5. The Vikings (7-3-2) have one game remaining at Fergus Falls (3-11-1) on Monday, Oct. 8. QRF seedings for the playoffs will be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 10 with the first round scheduled to begin Thursday, Oct. 11.