East Grand Forks put up 10 against Crookston to earn a shutout win.
Not much went Crookston's way in a 10-0 loss to the East Grand Forks Green Wave. East Side struck for five goals in the first half and doubled their lead in the latter half to beat Crookston for the second time this season.
"We never want the loss and we don't want the double digit loss," Head Coach Sarah Reese said. "Having said that, we had two starters that didn't play today for health reasons and we certainly don't have a deep bench at the moment."
In the first half, the Green Wave scattered their goals scoring in the fourth, ninth, 24th, 25th and 40th minute. After the intermission, East Grand Forks kept their foot on the gas and made it a 6-0 match two minutes into the frame. Goals in the 46th, 55th, 66th and 77th minute rounded out the 10-0 score.
Reese broke down East Side's goals by explaining the lack of defense from her players in certain moments.
"A lot of their scoring happened because of backside goals," Reese said. "We didn't do a great job of marking up the back side."
Defensively, Reese Swanson (7th Grade GK) played all 80 minutes in the net for the Pirates (1-12-1) and stopped six shots.
"Reese [Swanson] has certainly developed over the course of the year," Reese said. "Depending on who we're playing and the skill sets that we need in the goal and on the field, Reese and Kylee [Meier] have been taking turns. She has very good instincts and has been playing excellent."
Crookston could not generate any offense totaling one shot on goal that came in the first half.
Considering the missing starters due to injury, Reese sent out some players to gain extra varsity experience.
"I thought it was great that some players who don't get to play a ton of varsity got to see some time today," Reese said. "Clara Meyer played well in the middle and Ava Oakes played well in the middle. It was fun to watch Cassie Solheim up top. She had some great runs and she is really quick. Anke Wierrsma played up at the top and she's very quick."
The Pirates stay home for their final two matches of the regular season. The first comes on Thursday, October 4 against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at 3:30 p.m. In the other meeting with WHA this season, the match ended in a scoreless tie.
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