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Girls Soccer: Warriors tie with Tech despite late surge

Brainerd hosts St. Cloud Tech Sept. 6

Warrior Gabby Eckman watches the ball.
Brainerd Warrior Gabby Eckman watches the ball Sept. 6, 2022, as a Tech Tiger player stays close at Adamson Field.
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BRAINERD — With 10 seconds left in overtime, Brainerd’s Emma Shelfo’s shot from inside the box was saved by St. Cloud Tech’s Abby Wright to preserve a 1-1 Central Lakes Conference tie Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Adamson Field.

Finding themselves down at halftime, the Warriors showed energy in the second half and got the equalizer with 21:13 left in regulation.

“The result is fine, a tie is a lot better than a loss,” Warriors head coach Grant Gmeinder said. “I think the thing we talk about when we have a tie is that it is a lot harder to create chances than it is to score. And we are creating the chances, so they are going to start going into the back of the net.”

Molly Pohlkamp passed the ball to Lilly DeRosier, who scored the only Brainerd goal.

“We just had a really good play,” DeRosier said. “Molly had a really good cross and I was just right there to bury it.”

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Gmeinder said the freshman DeRosier provided an energy the Warriors were missing in the first half.

“She just brings that energy and that spirit to the team in just the way she competes,” Gmeinder said. “You look at the way she scores that goal and then all of the sudden everyone else brings that same energy and spirit. I thought she deserved that goal the way she was playing.”

DeRosier said the energy she brings comes from being aggressive.

“I think being aggressive kind of rubs off on the team,” DeRosier said. “It makes us more motivated to get every ball and try and win it.”

St. Cloud Tech’s goal was scored by Molly Burkstrand at the 23:06 mark in the first half.

“It was certainly a disappointing first half, but as disappointing as the first half was, we were even more proud of what they did in the second half,” Gmeinder said. “To come back and find some energy after being down one goal totally flipped the energy and flipped the field. I thought we dominated the second half and created a bunch of chances.”

The Warriors outshot the Tigers 10-4 with Brainerd’s Gracelyn Dickinson notching three saves and Wright netting nine.

“Both backlines really made it tough,” Gmeinder said. “There just was not many quality chances. It was really hard to create on both groups.”

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DeRosier said the tie isn’t as disappointing because of how they played in the second half.

“Coming back from not a super great first half and having a good second half that carried over into the overtimes is a win in our book,” she said.

The Warriors are off Wednesday and travel to Sartell for a Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-4A game Thursday.

“The biggest thing is coming to play with that energy every game,” Gmeinder said. “Today, we just didn’t quite have it to start the game and that’s harder to produce on the road.”

St. Cloud Tech 1 0 0 0 — 1

Brainerd 0 1 0 0 — 1

First half: SCT-Molly Burkstrand 23:06

Second half: Brd-Lilly DeRosier (Molly Pohlkamp) 21:13

Shots on goal: Brd 10, SCT 4

Goalkeepers: Brd-Gracelyn Dickinson (3 saves); SCT-Abby Wright (9 saves)

Warriors 1, St. Cloud Tech 1

Key: Both defenses hold each other to a goal apiece
Conference: Brd 1-0-1, SCT 1-0-1.
Overall: Brd 2-1-1, SCT 3-1-1.
Next: Brainerd at Sartell 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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