Soccer: Elk girls trip Anoka 3-1 for first win

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Logan Daulton delivered two goals and assist as the Elk River Elks nabbed their first win 3-1 over a good Anoka team there Tuesday evening.

The victory marked the third straight game of good progress by the Elks (1-5-1). After five losses with no goals, the Elks finally got one in a 2-1 loss to Andover on Thursday, then tied STMA 2-2 on Saturday, before beating the Tornadoes (2-2-2).

“The girls were ecstatic,” said coach Brian Steuter. “It’s really hard for the kids when you lose so many games and start doubting yourselves. You could see that burden was off, after this game.”

Anoka had tied No. 3 ranked Edina 0-0 last week and had beaten Andover 3-0. The Elks have lost to Edina 5-0 and Andover 2-1.

“Anoka is a strong team with a lot of good athletes,” said Steuter.

Daulton, sophomore forward, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when she played a diagonal through ball and caught the goalie leaning the wrong way. The shot was deflected but went in.

Amber Wanous scored late in the half for Anoka.

The score stayed 1-1 until the 68th minute when Emily Lewis pounded in a rebound shot. Daulton beat her defender down the right sideline and fired a shot that goalie Katherine Verkuilen deflected back to the middle where Lewis pounced on it.

With Anoka gambling and leaving their rear guard vulnerable, Daulton scored again on a left-footed shot to the far corner of the net, off a through ball from Abby McDonald.

Brienna Dehkes, the Elks’ backup goalie, played all 80 minutes. Her best plays were two grabs on corner kicks, and smothering a couple through balls playing on the top of the box.

The Elks (1-2 in conference) will play at Coon Rapids on Thursday.