by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
A rebound goal by Logan Daulton in overtime was the game-winner as the Elk River Elks nipped the Moorhead Spuds 2-1 in their girls soccer opener Friday evening at home.
Daulton also assisted on the other goal, by Emily Lewis, and Brienna Dehkes in goal made eight saves. The Elks outshot Moorhead 22-10 (counting some shots not on goal).
Spud goalkeeper Emily Nord made 16 saves and kept her team in the game. Missy Seiter scored the Spuds goal in the eighth minute. She took a crossing pass from Marrissa Wong and one-timed it past the reach of Dehkes.
“The Elks did a good job maintaining possession for large parts of the game but struggled early to score,” said coach Brian Steuter.
Lewis knotted the score in the 28th minute, threading a tough shot from a shallow angle off the far crossbar and into the net. Daulton made the feed from the right side.
The second half was scoreless. Elk River generated several solid chances and had one goal called back because of an offsides violation.
“Brienna was equal to the task when she was needed to make a couple of big saves,” commented Stueter. ”The heat and humidity was a factor in fatigue as time went on.”
The first overtime was also scoreless, and with four minutes left in the second overtime, Emily Trittin fed the ball back to Abby McDonald, who launched a shot that hit the cross bar and fell at the feet of Daulton. The junior forward buried it in the back of the net.
“ Moorhead played hard and organized, to maintain a tight game,” said Steuter. “They should have a solid season. All in all it was a good game for both teams that were challenged by the heat.”
The Elks will be back in action Saturday at Buffalo at 1 p.m. in the second game of a boy-girl twin bill.