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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' soccer: Pirates drop pair of season opening matches on the road

  • Pirate senior Danica Brekken moved up from defender to midfielder this season and scored three goals in Crookston's first two games of the season.
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  • Pirate senior Danica Brekken moved up from defender to midfielder this season and scored three goals in Crookston's first two games of the season. The Pirates fell in both matches, however, 14-1 to Spring Lake Park on Friday and 3-2 to St. John's Prep on Saturday. Both games were played on the road.
    "We played awesome and left it all out on the field," Pirate head coach Sarah Reese said of the second game. "We were a completely different team today, more aggressive, used green space and moved the ball well. We had lots of scoring opportunities.
    "Sabrina Delorme had a great game with good field vision and decision making," coach Reese continued. "Danica is an offensive threat and in essentially every attack toward the net. Madison Crane was good in goal. She misjudged one goal but overall she continues to learn. Jayden Allrich did a great job going to the ball and passing."
    Against Spring Lake Park, Crookston didn't score in the first half, while Spring Lake Park put up eight goals. Spring Lake Park scored two goals early in the second half before Brekken got Crookston on the board in the 50th minute on a shot from 30 yards out. Spring Lake Park added four goals in the remaining time.
    Sophomore Brita Fagerlund started in goal for the Pirates, saving five shots. Senior Madison Crane played in goal for the second half and stopped 11 shots. Maddy Iskierka had two saves for Spring Lake Park.
    Against St. John's Prep, Crookston played like a different team than it was Friday but fell just short of grabbing its first victory.
    St. John's Prep scored the lone first-half goal and made it 2-0 early in the second half. Crookston got on the board in the 58th minute on Brekken's goal from 30 yards out, similar to her goal on Friday. St. John's Prep scored a minute later for a 3-1 lead. Brekken finished out the scoring in the 65th minute when the ball went in the net off the Prep player but Danica was the last player to touch it so she was awarded the goal.
    Crane played the whole game in net for the Pirates, saving 13 shots. Anna Bender had nine saves in goal for St. John's Prep.
    The Pirates will look for their first win Thursday, Sept. 4 in their next game when they host Bemidji at 5:30 p.m.

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