Detroit Lakes scored two penalty kicks en route to a 4-0 win over Crookston.

    The Detroit Lakes Lakers scored half their goals on penalty kicks, lightning rolled into the area with 21:36 to play forcing the match to an early conclusion and the Lakers won 4-0 over the Crookston Pirates (0-3).

    In the shortened affair, Head Coach Sarah Reese admired her defense’s ability to keep the opposing offense at bay.

    “I think that we played a really good game,” Reese said. “We had two goals that they scored off of PKs so those are just luck of the draw. [Detroit Lakes] peppered shots left and right and we had lots of great saves. I thought we played with grit and that was the goal the girls had.”

    The Lakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals in the seventh and thirteenth minute. The latter goal came on a penalty kick. The Pirates’ attempts at any offense were thwarted by the physical play of the Lakers’ defense.

    The second half started much like the first with the Lakers scoring twice in the early minutes. The first goal came off a majestic cross right to the front of the goal and found the back of the net moments later. Then, for the second time in the game, Detroit Lakes added a goal on a penalty kick.  

    Kylee Meier (Jr. GK) played the first half in the net and saved thirteen shots. Reese Swanson (7th Grade GK) took over after the intermission and blocked eight would-be goals.

    Reese commended her two keepers who faced a total of 25 shots in 58:24.

    “They make their presence known in defense,” Reese said. “Reese is new and Kylee just has natural ability. Both are playing excellent as keepers so we’d like to utilize both of their expertise.”

    The next contest for the Pirates comes on Saturday, September 8 on the road against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at 10 a.m. Reese hopes her team can find a spark on offense by then.

    “We really focused on defense tonight and keeping the ball in our possession in the middle third,” Reese said. “The next piece of that is making sure we’re in shape and our entire team moves together into offense so that we quickly transition our brain from playing defense to playing offense.”

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