Girls' soccer: Minnewaska defeats Detroit LakesLakers are now 7-1-1 overall
The Minnewaska girls’ soccer team remained undefeated at home with a 1-0 win over Detroit Lakes last Monday night.
The Lakers held a distinct advantage in time of possession and shots on goal but had to hold on late for the win. They outshot the visiting Lakers 25-6. Kaylyn Oberg led the team with eight shots, while Mariah Heieie and Jerrica Thiel had six and five, respectively.
Heieie finally made one of those shots count midway through the second half. Jillian Hendrickson was credited with the assist as Heieie sent a shot from 18 yards out that beat Detroit Lakes keeper, Courtney Gray, in the upper right corner.
“Gray was making some great saves,” head coach Brian Heieie said. “We needed to find the right placement to get it past her. At halftime, we had talked about keeping shots low and away, but I guess high and away worked just as well.”
The Minnewaska defense made sure that one goal held up. It was the third shutout of the season by the Lakers. They lowered their goals against average to 0.85 in the process.
“We made a few adjustments defensively this year and it really is paying off for us,” Heieie said. “Moving Mackenzie Watson from midfield to middle defense has proven to be very beneficial for us, as well as getting Jillian Hendrickson on the field as a defensive midfielder. We also can’t forget about freshman McKenna Roberts, who has done an outstanding job in her first year as varsity keeper.”
“This is a really nice win for us,” Heieie said. “Our girls outplayed a very good team from DL, and it’s been a while since we’ve been able to dominate and beat them, and that’s a great feeling.”