The game was called for lightning in the second half.

    The Crookston Pirates played the Detroit Lakes Lakers in a game that was called short for lightning on Tuesday, September 19. With about 30 minutes left in the game, Crookston trailed 7-0 and lightning was spotted prompting the officials to call the game. The game will count giving Crookston a 1-6-1 record.    

    Facing many injuries, the Pirates did not have many substitution options against a strong Detroit Lakes team.    

    The Lakers scored two goals in the first ten minutes to take a quick 2-0 lead over the Pirates and Luisa Bernia who was playing her first varsity game as goalkeeper.    

    “I thought she played well,” Head Coach Sarah Reese said on Bernia as goalkeeper. “She was aggressive. She’s still learning technique and angles. She’s been a great asset being our keeper, but it also leaves a hole on the field.”    

    Crookston had a good scoring chance with 15 minutes left in the first half when Aleah Bienek broke away from a few defenders. The Detroit Lakes goalie made a good move by coming out and breaking up the chance.    

    The Lakers were often called for offsides penalties, but that did not stop them from scoring two more times in the first half.    

    The dark strom clouds hovered over the field as the second half started.    

    The Lakers scored three times in the first eighth minutes of the second half increasing their lead to 7-0.    

    A few moments later, lightning struck to the west. A sound of thunder was heard seconds later and the referees decided to end the match with about 30 minutes remaining.    

    “Given our situation that we only had a couple subs today and a lot of other factors, I thought that we did pretty good,” Reese said. “I thought the girls worked hard.”   

    The Pirates will go on the road for their next game against Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy Thursday, September 21. The game starts at 4 p.m.