Quick second half goals give DL girls revenge on Green Wave

Alex Bettcher absorbs a hard tackle from a Green Wave defender but got the pass off to teammate Abby Larson, who tallied the first goal of the game five minutes before halftime. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Laker girls soccer team recorded its fifth consecutive victory by exacting revenge on the only team to defeat Detroit Lakes Thursday night at Rotary Soccer Park in a 3-1 win over East Grand Forks.

The Green Wave handed DL its only loss 4-0 here on Sept. 10, but the Lakers never trailed Thursday, evening the season series.

The first half was a battle in the midfield with neither team managing to find a solid scoring opportunity until the 35th minute when Alex Bettcher fought off a tackle and got the ball to Abby Larson, who sent a lobbed, touch shot just over the fingertips of the EGF keeper Kadynn Melquist for a 1-0 lead DL took to halftime.

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DL defender Annie Paulson wins a race to a 50-50 ball and clears the ball away from the defense of East Grand Forks Skyla Rustad during Thursday night's game at Rotary Soccer Park. Robert Williams / Tribune


“The most important thing I’m so impressed with is our girls played their socks off today,” Laker head coach Ben Aastuen said. “We didn’t give anything to EGF and we were willing to go the extra mile.”

The Lakers slowly took over ball possession in the offensive end as the first half wore on.

Aastuen noted in the postgame how his Lakers were able to turn possession into advantageous scoring situations. Taking the lead into the second half, Aastuen encouraged his kids to keep the intensity up and the Lakers did that by getting two quick goals in the opening minutes.

Bettcher scored 20 seconds into the half to double the lead going high over Melquist. A minute later, Maddy Bowers drilled a shot off the inside of the post to go up three goals.

East Grand Forks got on the board right away after Bowers’ goal, but Laker defenders and keeper Elle Bettcher stymied the Green Wave offense the rest of the game.

DL improved to 6-1 overall. East Grand lost for the first time falling to 4-1.

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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