Reese Swanson played the entire match in the net and recorded a season-high 20 saves.

    Fergus Falls came to Crookston for the last regular season match and handed the Pirates a 6-0 loss in the rain and cold temperatures.

    “We just went out there and played,” Head Coach Sarah Reese said. “The girls just went out there and played to have fun and they did just that. We did not have some of our normal players due to some nagging injuries so other people definitely stepped up and it forced them to play as a team and not rely on certain people.”

    The Pirates (1-14-1) allowed three goals in the first 11 minutes, but surrendered only one more in the first half and went into halftime down 4-0.

    Reese Swanson (7th Grade GK) played the entire match in the net and recorded a season-high 20 saves. Crookston tallied seven shots on goal, but could not find the back of the net.

    After the break, Fergus Falls tacked on two more scores in the first 12 minutes. The Pirates, however, held them scoreless the rest of the way.

    Crookston now begins postseason play in the Section 8A Tournament. The Pirates will head to Bemidji on Thursday, October 11 to take on the Lumberjacks in the first round.

    “[Bemidji] is a really good team,” Reese said. “It’s been really fun to watch the girls develop their skills over the season so on Thursday, I just want them to have fun. I want them to go out there and be competitive. Bemidji has a really talented team, but I think we have a lot to offer. If we can go and cause them some raucous and have fun, that’ll be good.”

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