Soccer roundup: Detroit Lakes boys and girls pick up wins over Sauk Rapids-Rice

Both Detroit Lakes soccer teams beat Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday night. The Laker boys went on the road to beat the Storm 5-1 while the girls hung on for a 2-1 win at home.

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Detroit Lakes' Bryce Skaaland (8) fights for the ball during the first half against Bemidji on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, in Bemidji. Skaaland scored the go-ahead goal for the Lakers in their 5-1 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Thursday.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

SAUK RAPIDS – It was a good night for the Detroit Lakes soccer teams in their battles with Sauk Rapids-Rice.

The Laker boys went on the road to beat the Storm 5-1 behind four goals in the second half. Bryce Skaaland broke the 1-1 tie in the 48th minute, followed by a goal from Noah Meyer to give Detroit Lakes a two-goal lead nine minutes later.

David Giambellini knocked in a pair of goals in the 59th and 76 minutes to put the Lakers ahead 5-1. Ethan Gjerde started the scoring with a goal in the sixth minute. Evan Thomas made six saves in goal for the Lakers.

Detroit Lakes is now 7-4 on the season after beating Sauk Rapids-Rice, including three wins in its last four matches. The Lakers have allowed just one goal in each of those three wins.

Head coach Justin Weglietner added that Thursday night’s win was even more impressive due to the size of the field. Sauk Rapids-Rice hosted the game on a 105 by 55-yard pitch compared to the Lakers’ 130 by 80-yard surface at the Rotary Soccer Complex.



DL SCORING- Ethan Gjerde 6’, Bryce Skaaland 48’, Noah Meyer 57’, David Giambellini 59’, 76’

GOALKEEPING- Evan Thomas 6 saves

Laker girls hang on against Storm

Haydon King scored a pair of goals for the Detroit Lakes girls soccer team in the first half, which was enough to knock off Sauk Rapids-Rice at home.

King found the back of the net in the seventh and 35th minutes to put the Lakers ahead 2-0. The Storm got one back in the final eight minutes but couldn’t find the equalizer. Elle Bettcher made 13 saves in goal for Detroit Lakes.

“I saw a lot of grit,” Lakers’ head coach Ben Aastuen said. “The old Varsity coach, Dave Carter, put a lot of stock in grit. He would’ve been proud of how we held it together. When you are down two goals, you send everything you’ve got at the opposition and that’s what Sauk Rapids-Rice did. They were pressuring all passes immediately and gave our girls no time to breathe. Despite this, we held together as a team and came out positively. I’m so proud of the Laker girls soccer team and the grit they showed our town.”

Thursday night was the first time the Lakers played a home game in six matches. They are now 4-6 on the season heading down the home stretch of the season.

“It is so good to be home,” Aastuen said. “Thanks to all the friends, family and fans that came out. They really cheered us on and lifted our spirits. I definitely felt a lot of Laker pride seeing everyone out there, especially braving the chilly night that we got.”


DL SCORING- Haydon King 7’, 35’

SRR SCORING- Gabby Fernholz 72’

GOALKEEPING- DL- Elle Bettcher 13 saves

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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