Soccer: Elk girls beat Buffalo 4-2 on two Daulton overtime goals

Elk midfielder Hana Boudlali booted the ball forward during the first half, working against Mikayla Billin. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Logan Daulton drilled two overtime goals, and had three in the game plus an assist, as Elk River tipped the Buffalo Bison 4-2 in Buffalo on Saturday.

Abby McDonald notched a goal and assist to help the Elks improve to 2-0.

Abby McDonald celebrated after scoring the first goal of the game. Behind her was Logan Daulton, who provided the pass. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“We did a good job playing the ball to  each other’s feet, moving it around and possessing,” said coach Brian Stueter. “We dominated the first half and Buffalo came out stronger in the second half and put more pressure on us.”

McDonald, senior midfielder, put the Elks on the board in the eighth minute as she booted a floater into the net from the middle, about 10 yards out, on a play started by Daulton with a nice pass from the side while tightly guarded.

McDonald made another well-placed shot, this one from off to the side, midway through the half, that sailed over the leaping goalie, with Daulton credited with making the last touch for the goal.

Buffalo ramped up its game in the second half and twice capitalized on Elk turnovers and punched the ball past goalie Brienna Dehkes. Kailee Steen and Jordan Skarin made the goals, the latter with three minutes left.

Logan Daulton, Elk forward, moved the ball against Lleah Mussell. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

In the first O.T., Daulton, junior forward, scored two minutes apart, each time outsprinting the defense on the wing, one of them beating the goalie low and the other high. The second five-minute extra session was scoreless.

The Elks will host defending state champion Wayzata on Tuesday, 5 p.m.