The Crookston Pirate Boy’s Soccer team played a tremendous match, but a lucky bounce was the difference as Detroit Lakes scored with one minute let in the game to win 1-0 in the first round of the Section 8A Boys Soccer playoffs.  

In the first half, the two teams battled to a scoreless half with neither team having a great chance to score a goal as both teams played stellar defense. “We had a couple of shots but we couldn’t get one in the net,” said Pirate Coach Lon Boike. “It felt like 60 percent of the half was played on our defensive end.  Our defense was rock solid and they did a great job.”
In the second half, it was more of the same.  Crookston had their best scoring chance of the game with about 10 minutes left, but they weren’t able to convert and the match remained scoreless.  With one minute left in the match, Detroit Lakes had a corner kick from about 30 feet out and the ball deflected off a Laker players head in for a goal for a 1-0 lead with one minute remaining. “The kid kicked the freekick from a ways out and it hit the kids head and took a different angle and they scored,” said Coach Boike. “I don’t even think Detroit Lakes knew what happened.”  Detroit Lakes held on for the 1-0 victory. “Our defense didn’t give up anything easy,” said Coach Boike. “We were sad that we lost, but the boys were happy that they played their best match of the year and that is all you can ask for.”

Crookston ends the season with a 2-13 record, including two one-goal losses to Detroit Lakes.

1st 2nd Final
Crookston 0 0 0
Detroit Lakes 0 1 1

79:00 – DL – Landon Mackner 

Saves Total
Kaleb Thingelstad – Crox 21
Detroit Lakes 9