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Detroit Lakes edges Bemidji HS boys soccer

Bemidji's Rylee Curb (left) launched this shot in second half against Detroit Lakes. Curb had both Bemidji goals, his ninth and tenth of the year. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Detroit Lakes dominated the opening half Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead and hold off Bemidji's boys soccer team 3-2.

It lifted the Lakers to a one game lead in the Lakes to Prairie Conference and gave it the early edge for the top seed in the 8A playoffs.

Bemidji did not go down quietly, coming out after the break to play a strong second half.

But the Lakers broke a 2-2 tie in the final seven minutes to earn the win.

Rylee Curb had both Bemidji goals on picture breakaways. David Jonason had two for the Lakers including the winner.

DL controlled the first half, out shooting Bemidji 17-6 and spending most of the half in the Bemidji zone.

Jonason sent the visitors ahead at the 2:09 mark with a 20 yarder from the left side.

But two minutes later Mike Rees launched a goal line kick past the center line which Curb caught up with in full stride behind the Lakers defense to come in alone and beat goalie Dan Engberg at the crease.

While the Lakers were controlling play, Bemidji prevented further scoring for 11 minutes before Andy Friesen got free in the box to take a feed from his brother Nate and fire home a 10 yarder over Kevin Larson and just under the cross bar.

But Bemidji came back with renewed vigor in the second half and began matching DL shot for shot. It controlled the action for the first 10 minutes, tying the score at the 46.48 mark on another Curb breakaway, getting within 10 yards of Engberg before firing home. Max Hazelton drew the feed.

But Jonason broke free at 73:35 for the game winner. Larson started out after the loose ball, though better and retreated, but was unable to stop Jonason's 25 yarder which found the right corner.

Bemidji thought it had tied the score with four minutes to go when Curb's long free kick was headed into the net. But the Jacks were called off sides and the goal negated.

It was unable to press Engberg the remaining time.

He ended with only two saves on15 Bemidji shots.

Larson had six stops on 27 Detroit Lakes shots.

The decision upped DL to 6-0-2 and dropped Bemidji to 5-1-1 Bemidji is 3-1-1 in league play. DL is 3-0-2.

Bemidji plays at Crookston in a league game Thursday and hosts Brainerd in a non-conference test Saturday afternoon.

Detroit Lakes 2 1--3

Bemidji 1 1---2

2"09 DL-Jonason (Ulissi)

4:02 Bem-Curb (Rees)

15:45 DL-A. Friesen (N. Friesen)

46:48 Bem-Curb (Hazelton)

73:35 DL-Jonason (Schupp)

Goal Stops

DL-Engberg` 1 1---2

Bem-Larson 4 2---6

Officials: Dobbelstein, Paulson and Kramer