The Pirates had multiple near goals in a 3-1 loss.
The rivalry between East Grand Forks and Crookston continued on the soccer field on Wednesday, September 21. The Pirates missed out on some scoring chances with a few of them chalked up to bad luck and East Grand Forks won 3-1.
In the 14th minute, the Green Wave took a 1-0 lead after the forward beat a few defenders and shot across his body passed a diving Logan Wardner.
Jakes Anderson almost knotted the score at 1-1 in the 24th minute. Anderson sent a shot from the left side that nipped the goalkeeper’s hand and then bounced off the crossbar.
East Grand Forks recovered and scored their second goal six minutes later.
Once again with under eight minutes in the first half, Eric Delorme had a shot from the right side get rejected by a diving Green Wave keeper.
Despite controlling the ball for the majority of the first half, the Pirates found themselves in a 2-0 hole at halftime.
Crookston finally got on the board in the 65th minute thanks to Alex LaFrance. The forward took a ball to the right side and took a shot with hardly any angle. The ball got passed the a sliding East Side goalkeeper and this time the post did the Pirates a favor with the ball bouncing off the right post and into the net.
“Mason [LaPlante] crossed it over and Alex took a nice right foot shot that hit the post and the goalie never had a chance,” Head Coach Don Cox said. “Sometimes the post is your friend and sometimes it’s your worst enemy. But that time it was a friend.”
About ten minutes later with six minutes to play, Eric Delorme sent a shot with hopes of tying the game 2-2, but another terrific save by the East Grand Forks goalkeeper preserved the lead for the Green Wave.
In the 79th minute, the Pirates were set for a corner kick. LaFrance sent the ball over the middle which was disrupted by a whistle as Mason LaPlante struck an East Grand Forks player. LaPlante was issued a red card and ejected from the game. With this being his second offense of the season, LaPlante will have to serve a minimum of a four game suspension before he can resume play.
Following the red card, the Green Wave iced the game with a goal with half a minute to play.
The Pirates now own a record of 4-6 and will play again today, September 22 against Grand Forks Central starting at 7 p.m. in Grand Forks.