Danica Brekken scores to tie the match at 1-1 before EGF scores 9 unanswered goals.

The Pirate girls' soccer team came out of the gates ready to fight for their season Thursday in the first round of the Section 8A Tournament in East Grand Forks against the Green Wave. The Green Wave were the better team in the end, though, as they scored nine unanswered goals for a 10-1 win.

"We played phenomenal in the first 27-30ish minutes," said Pirate head coach Sarah Reese. "It was amazing...control, passing around them, ball control, talking--truly the whole mental and physical package and Danica scored!"

Pirate senior goalkeeper Carly Welter recorded 15 saves, while Sam Rarick had four saves for the Green Wave.

Emma Wilder is the other senior for Crookston, who played in her final high school soccer match.

Riley Koberinski scored for East Grand Forks at the 6:30 mark. It would be her first of three goals on the day. Pirate junior Danica Brekken answered about seven minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.

The Green Wave added four more goals in the first half, including two by Lizzie Holkesvig. East Grand Forks scored five more in the second half, including two by Nicole Schlenk.

"The last ten minutes in the first half we were tired and reactive instead of controlling the ball," coach Reese said. "In the second half we worked hard but couldn't stop their goals. Carly Welter as goalkeeper is battling an injury and they had many offensive threats (goal scorers) that we were trying to manage. Case in point, they finished on their opportunities and we didn't in the second half."

Crookston, which was the No. 6 seed in the section, wraps up its season at 3-12-1.

East Grand Forks, which is the No. 3 seed, advances to the quarterfinals where it will travel to Detroit Lakes, Minn. Saturday to face the No. 2 Lakers.

All of the higher seeds advanced in the first round of the section tournament.


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