Playing their second game in two days seemed to take a toll on the Pirates in a 9-0 loss to Detroit Lakes.

    Playing their second game in two days seemed to take a toll on the Pirates in a 9-0 loss to Detroit Lakes.    

    At first, it appeared to be another defensive battle for Crookston (1-2) as the game was scoreless for a good part of the first half.    

    Detroit Lakes took the lead in the 35th minute and scored again four minutes later to take a 2-0 into halftime.    

    Coach Sarah Reese spoke on how well she thought her team competed in the first half.    

    “In the first half, we played awesome,” Reese said.  “The girls played poised, confident and aggressive with great passes.”  

    When the second half began, the exhaustion took over and Detroit Lakes began to pull away.    

    Two goals in the first five minutes of the second half doubled the lead for Detroit Lakes.   

    They did not stop there adding five more goals over the next 25 minutes to take what was a close match and run away with it.    

    “In the second half, we were tired mentally and physically,” Reese said. “A few unmarked girls and moments when we weren’t first to the ball resulted in goals.”    

    Reese believes her team can take away postives from the game despite the misleading score.    

    “It’s a good learning experience for the girls staying mentally tough for all 80 minutes,” Reese said. “I’m excited to see what the season brings after seeing that excellent first half.”   

    The Pirates will be allowed time to rest and recover before their next game against Bemidji on September 7 in Bemidji at 5 p.m.