The Pirates were unable to get going offensively and a couple of timely goals by St. John's resulted in a 2-0 Crookston loss in the first game of the season.

    The Pirates were unable to get going offensively and a couple of timely goals by St. John’s resulted in a 2-0 Crookston loss in the first game of the season.   

    Both teams were nearly equal in shots on goal with St. John’s recording nine and the Pirates with six.

    The first goal came from Reid Nydeen in the 20th minute. Nydeen took a direct free kick from 20 yards out that found the back of the net.  

    In the 64th minute, St. John’s made it difficult with a goal by Elizabeth Kolb from eight yards out to beat goalkeeper Kenze Epema.    

    Head Coach Sarah Reese spoke on falling short in the season opener.   

    “[We] had some first game jitters and worked through that,” Reese said. “[The] girls worked hard and [we’re] looking forward to a great season. “

    Epema finished the game with seven saves while St. John’s goalkeeper Hannah Haeg stopped six would be goals.

    Reese also named her captains for the season prior to the game: junior defender Hannah Emmanuel and senior forwards Bailey Folkers and Luisa Bernia.  

    The Pirates (0-1) come home to face Mesabi East on Monday August 28 with kickoff at 1 p.m.