U-13 girls battle fatigue, Rochester

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 18, 2002

&uot;We came back because we didn’t like the way (the previous) game ended,” said the Rochester coach.

He liked the rematch even less.

Although physically and emotionally drained from their tournament victory, the Albert Lea Elks U-13 girls’ soccer team bested the visitors 3-0.

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The locals improved their record to 2-0-3 in the Southern Division.

Both sides played listlessly through the first half.

Eight minutes into the second half, stopper Kendra Olchefske’s penalty kick from outside the box and into the opposite corner lit the fuse.

A few minutes later, midfielder Amanda Arends drove up the middle to put in the insurance goal.

Forward Danielle Merfeld capped the game off a bump pass from midfielder Whitney Wilson.

“The same thing happened last year after winning the Burnsville Fire Tournament,&uot; said Albert Lea coach Greg Wilson. “The aftereffects of fatigue and injuries were very apparent. The team needs to rest and recuperate. We only have a few days before we play in LaCrosse against a very good team that remembers who knocked them out of the district championship last year.”