Casey Tiedemann played a perfect second half as goalie stopping five shots.

    Another match came to an end and a zero sat under Crookston’s section of the scoreboard for the second straight contest. The Pirates put together three shots on net and fell victim to a 2-0 road shutout at the hands of Detroit Lakes.

    Crookston (0-3) faced their two-goal deficit in the first half with a goal at the 15-minute mark and a penalty kick with less than three minutes remaining in the frame.

    After watching his team get shutout and post three shots on net for the second straight match, Head Coach Don Cox broke down the scoring drought.

    “Our scoring struggles have to do with our passing struggles, which affect our possession game at the moment,” Cox said. “As soon as we get our passes worked out, then the rest of the possession game falls into place and the scores begin to also fall into place.”

    Cox started the match with Ben Andringa (Jr. GK/MF) as goalkeeper. Andringa, who leads the team in saves with 18, faced five shots and stopped three of them.

    Once the second half began, Casey Tiedemann (Sr. D/GK) took over keeper duties in his season debut. Tiedemann saved all five shots he faced.

    “Both keepers wanted to try some field time, so when you have the opportunity to use two talented players in a variety of positions, you give it a try,” Cox said. “Casey did a good job for the first time in net this season.”

    The Pirates average less than one goal in the first three games of the season, but Cox believes with proper adjustments, his team will begin to find the back of the net more often.

    “We need to put together a good passing game which then leads us to a good possession game,” Cox said. “Then we can begin to move the ball around into scoring opportunities and start putting some wins up on the board. Our time is coming.”

    Crookston continues their search for win number one and a three-game road trip against Fergus Falls Hillcrest Academy on Thursday, September 6. Start time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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