The Pirates drop to 0-8-1.

    Mackenze Epema (So. M), Sophia Sanders (Jr. D) and Ny Nhu Nguyen (7th Grade F) each notched a goal over the weekend, but the Pirates could not snag any wins against Grand Rapids, Cold Spring Rocori and Melrose.

    Crookston (0-8-1) completed their span of five games in six days which Head Coach Sarah Reese said took a toll on her players.

    “The wildly busy week was definitely a contributing factor,” Reese said. “In addition, we had a few folks missing from games with prior commitments, it was 90-plus degrees and humid with limited subs and a few nagging injuries. We played well considering the circumstances.”

    Friday’s match against Grand Rapids saw the Pirates’ second goal of the season in a 4-1 loss. Epema, who scored the first goal of the season, put in her team-leading score assisted by Nguyen with five minutes to play.

    Crookston could not put together any offense against Cold Spring Rocori as they were shut out for the sixth time this season in a 5-0 loss.

    After scoring two goals in eight matches, the Pirates found the back of the net twice against Melrose, but fell short 7-2.

    Sanders, assisted by Joslynn Leach (So. M), put Crookston ahead for the first time in the season eight minutes into the contest.

    Melrose knotted up the score six minutes later, but Nguyen and the Pirates responded with another goal, assisted by Dillynn Wallace (Fr. D), to lead 2-1 in minute 21.

    Melrose scored three more times in the half to lead 4-2 at halftime and added three goals after the break to win 7-2.

    “With our scoring, you could see the confidence and morale increase,” Reese said. “But in the end, we were tired and couldn’t overcome their run and gun style.”

    Kylee Meier (Jr. GK) played in all three matches and stopped 25 shots. Cassie Solheim (7th Grade GK) saw action in the first two matches and tallied 13 saves.

    The Pirates now head to Detroit Lakes for a match on Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. In their previous meeting on September 6, the Lakers won 4-0.

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