Detroit Lakes' Emily Payne had four goals and Libby Schmit added three as the Lakers topped the Pirates 8-0 Thursday in Detroit Lakes.
Detroit Lakes scored four goals in each half to beat Crookston for the second time this season.
"At the end of the first half it was 4-0," noted Pirate Head Coach Sarah Reese. "Although the score wasn’t favorable, the girls played well and they just squeaked in some nice goals--all earned, textbook-style goals. Most of the play was played at the center of the field. At half time, we talked about holding our defensive line, communication, using the outside mids because of the size of the field, giving the forwards through balls on the ground and using the opportunities we have to put the ball in the net. Sabrina Delorme (defender) had a fabulous game. She was aggressive, intense, had good vision and worked really hard.
"In the second half they got two quick goals and then we suffered a bit from being tired (size of the field)," Coach Reese continued.
"At the end of the game, we talked about this just being one game," added Reese. "I actually thought the girls played very well for having some sick kids on our team out there working hard despite not feeling well."
Pirate senior Sydney Luckow recorded 17 saves in the match, while two Laker goalkeepers combined for six saves.
Crookston, 1-10 on the season, is in seventh place of seven teams in the Section 8A North standings. Detroit Lakes, now 8-5 overall, is in third place in the section standings.
"We played at the Rotary Complex in Detroit Lakes," explained Coach Reese. "They have developed a beautiful complex--complete with lights, sound system, concession, bathroom amenities and a large, nice field--125 yards by 75 yards. The large field was really fun to play on, but traditionally we play on a smaller field so we had to adjust to lots more green space."
The Pirates will squeeze in five games before next Saturday, beginning with today's match at home against Fergus Falls at 4 p.m.