Crookston trailed 1-0 for the majority of the first half, but the Vikings broke through for six more goals.
For the first 34 minutes, the Pirates and Vikings remained in a deadlock. In the final 46 minutes, Pelican Rapids struck for seven goals and handed Crookston (0-2) their second straight loss.
The Vikings controlled the ball for most of the first half, but could not get the ball past junior goalkeeper Ben Andringa. With 5:56 to play in the first half, Pelican Rapids took a free kick that found the back of the net after hitting Andringa’s hands for a 1-0 lead.
Only 56 seconds remained until halftime when the Vikings doubled their lead which they carried into the break.
“My guys aren’t in the greatest shape yet and we’re still working on the conditioning,” Head Coach Don Cox said. “If you look at [Pelican Rapids], they’re good at handling the ball and they play in triangles. Even though I try and teach my guys the triangles, they think in a linear dimension.”
Pelican Rapids scattered their next and final five goals across a 16-minute span to lead 7-0 with 19:26 to play.
The Vikings defense also stifled the Pirates who recorded only three shots on net.
“Coordination and the ability to possess the ball [was missing],” Cox said. “Every time we got our foot on the ball, it was no more than two touches. We couldn’t move the ball more than a few yards. [Pelican Rapids] attacks and defends in screens and we have problems with our passing.”
Despite the lopsided score, Cox praised Andringa (10 saves), who was playing his second game as goalkeeper.
”[Ben] kept his composure, held his head high and didn’t get down on himself,” Cox said. “He made a play for everything. We never blame the keeper for shots scored because there were 10 field players who couldn’t put anything together tonight.”
Crookston can rest up until Tuesday, September 4 when they take on Detroit Lakes on the road at 7 p.m in search of their first win.
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