Lightning cut the game short, but enough was played for Crookston to receive credit for the win.

    The Pirates were looking to get back in the win column following a loss to East Grand Forks earlier in the week. This time they played a different Grand Forks team in the Grand Forks Central Knights. The weather proved to be a factor as Crookston won a shortened game 2-1 behind goals from Alex LaFrance and Noah Kiel.   

    Crookston found themselves behind early. In the 11th minute, Grand Forks Central was able to beat Pirate goalkeeper Logan Wardner for a 1-0 lead.    

    Nearly 15 minutes later, the surging Pirates came close to scoring when a Knights defender committed a shooting foul. Crookston was awarded a penalty kick. LaFrance took and capitalized tying the game at one apiece.    

    “Our center mids did a great job of moving the ball up and distributing it to the outside wings and strikers,” Head Coach Don Cox said. “This gave us a wide variety of options as we continued to put a lot of pressure on their defense and keeper.”   

    With under 10 minutes to go in the first half, Jake Anderson took a free kick and Noah Kiel sent it into the back of the net.    

    The Pirates kept the lead going into the half and the game only went seven minutes into the second half before lightning forced the officials to end the game. Enough of the game was played in order for Crookston to earn the victory.    

    “We played a very good game with good combinations and defensive reading of the attacks,” Cox said. “That helped break up their attacks, which limited their shots directly at us. The win helps the team regain some focus and should help us continue the momentum we achieved tonight.”   

    With a record of 5-7, the Pirates will attempt to climb back to the .500 mark for the first time since August 31 when they play Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy on Tuesday, September 26 in Fergus Falls. Start time is 3:30 p.m.