by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
A three-goal burst in the final 10 minutes gave Elk River a 4-1 win over visiting Coon Rapids on Thursday evening.
Logan Daulton notched two goals and an assist as the Elks broke out of a slump that saw them blanked for three straight games. Emily Lewis and Madyson St. Germain also scored.
“That’s how soccer works sometimes,” said coach Brian Steuter. “Soccer is a game of momentum, a game of ebb and flow.”
The Elks (3-3 overall, 1-2 conference) had been shut out by Wayzata, Andover and Anoka before breaking out against Coon Rapids (0-4).
Daulton had the lone goal of the first half, a header off a crossing pass from Abby McDonald.
Emily Tronson knotted the score for Coon Rapids early in the second half when she broke free down the middle after the Elks over-committed, and got it past Elk goalie Brienna Dehkes.
Daulton regained the lead in the 70th minute as she beat a Cardinal defender to the ball, toe-tapped it past her, and outran the defense to bury the shot in the far corner. The junior forward has six goals in six games.
Lewis scored in the 78th minute on a crossing pass from Daulton. With 40 seconds left, the ball popped out of a scrum and St. Germain pounced on it and scored.
Steuter said his team has been “staying together, and playing for each other” all season.
The Elks will host St. Michael-Albertville for a twin bill on Saturday, boys at 11 a.m. and girls at 1 p.m.