Soccer: Grit on penalty kick helps Elk girls beat Park Center 3-0

Elk River's Logan Daulton raced upfield while marked by Park Center's Maddie Heitzig. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River’s Logan Daulton raced upfield while marked by Park Center’s Maddie Heitzig. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

First, Logan Daulton got knocked to the ground on a trip. Then, an opponent accidentally stepped on her hand with her spiked shoe.

Still, Elk River coach Brian Steuter called on Daulton to take the penalty shot the Elks had coming for the trip. The senior forward drilled it, one of her two goals in a 3-0 win over Park Center at home Tuesday evening.

Jenna Kivley (7) of the Elks wins a ball with a header at midfield. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Jenna Kivley (7) of the Elks wins a ball with a header at midfield. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“You don’t have to let the same player take the PK, but Logan created the play so I let her go ahead,” said Steuter. “And she made me look good. But she had to come out of the game for a while right after that.”

Monet Cairns scored the first goal as she challenged for the ball on the sideline, gave it a touch toward the goal and stuck it inside the near post after drawing the goaltender out.

Daulton’s PK made it 2-0 at the half.

In the second half, Park Center made things interesting.

“They threw everything at us but the kitchen sink,” said Steuter. “When you are down 2-0 you have to take chances.”

Park Center applied strong pressure for about 10 minutes. Elk goalie Megan Marsh knocked away one shot. Defender Lizzy Holien cleared the ball away to foil another good opportunity for the Pirates.

With only two players back on defense, though, the Pirates inevitably gave up some breakaways, and Daulton scored on one of them for a 3-0 lead. Daulton has 10 goals in nine games.

The Elks squared their record at 2-2-1 in the NWSC and 4-4-1 overall. They will host Osseo on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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