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Otter girls fall in shootout heart-breaker

Published 10:18am Monday, October 14, 2013

ALEXANDRIA — The Fergus Falls girls soccer team did not have anything to hang its head about after the game.

A hard fought battle that saw two overtimes and two shootouts, the Otters fell to Section 8A number one seeded Alexandria 2-1 in a shootout Saturday.

Weather continued to be a factor this fall season, but the Otters were able to capitalize on its only shot on goal in the first half as Lauren Norgren kick a cross shot that Brittany Kollman deposited with a header with six minutes left in the half.

With the Otters holding on to a 1-0 lead entering the second half, the Fergus defense continued to hold the Cardinals to limited shots. Alexandria would tie the game up with six minutes left to play as a long shot snuck into the net.

The game went to two overtime periods that played out like the first two halfs, no scoring and strong defensive play, setting up a shootout.

Hannah Baker and Norgren would give the Otters a 2-0 advantage with two Cardinal shooters left to kick. Alexandria would score with its fourth shooter and follow with the tying shot that deflected off of goalie Sydney Kuehl’s hands to send it to a shooter vs. shooter shootout.

The Cardinals would make its first kick, forcing the Otters to respond. With the shot on the way, the ball clanged off the cross bar giving the home team the victory.

“This was such a heartbreaking loss for the girls tonight,” Otter coach Karoline Gustafson. “They outplayed the top ranked Cardinals for most of the game and didn’t get the well deserved win they should have had. We executed our game plan very well and came up with some huge plays on defense to keep rolling. I am proud of every single girl and they way they kept their composure when things weren’t going our way.”

The Cardinals recorded four shots on goal, while the Otters only had three in the game.

The Otters finish the year 5-11.

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