Soccer: Buffalo girls top Elks 1-0

Logan Daulton made a breakaway in the first half, with Zoe Kunz of Buffalo trying to cut her off. Dauton's shot was stopped by goalie Michelle Lang. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Elk River girls soccer team is 0-2 and still looking for its first goal after losing their home opener to the Buffalo Bison 1-0 on Saturday.

Kaylee Lingen’s goal midway through the first half stood up for the victory for Buffalo, which was opening the season.

Elk River's Lindsay Madden (19) and Buffalo's Amanda Munoz both went for a header with Munoz making the contact. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Elks controlled the flow much of the time and had about five quality shots-one-goal to Buffalo’s two, said coach Brian Steuter.

“We kept the pressure on, and in that sense we played a good game,” he said.

Emily Lewis (4) of the Elks and Lexi Sandberg of the  Bison clashed as they tried to win the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)About the Elks having no goals yet, he assessed: “Any time you have new people up top, you’ve got to learn how to play together. It’s like with most sports, offense takes longer to jell than defense.”

Langen scored on feed across the net from Katherin Brainerd, with Elk goalie Kayla Zehowski drawn out.

The Elks used Zehowsky in the first half and Brienna Dehkes in the second half.

“Brienna is better on the feet back there so I think she’s better when we go to high pressure, with only three defenders in the back, like we did in the second half,” said Steuter. “Kayla is better on low shots, and shots to the side.”

The Elks will host Blaine in the conference opener Tuesday evening.