Flyers earn 1-1 draw with late goal on Senior Night

(Pictured is Flyer Senior Andrea Ploof (12) as she challenges a Sauk Rapids player (14) for the ball during the first half of their 1-1 draw at the Belle Prairie soccer fields. A physical first half led to a few free kicks for both teams. The most dangerous came just beyond the Storms’ penalty box as the Flyers were unable to capitalize on those chances. Staff photo by Jason Olson)

The Flyers came out firing on all cylinders as they kept the ball in the Storm half for a majority of the game. But Sauk Rapids kept the ball out of their net on multiple occasions as Little Falls had an early corner kick that sailed wide of the net, and a dangerous free kick which Jessica Olson put a few feet wide right of the net.

Despite a scoreless first half, there were plenty of positives for the Flyers to build on heading into the second half as they were going strong to the ball and were communicating as a team.

“To be honest, I felt we dominated the first half, and the thing is Sauk Rapids is the third or fourth team in our conference. So I was really pleased with this group’s effort,” Laager said.

At halftime, the passionate coach tried to motivate his team, mentioning that if they won the game, they could get their seniors another home game. “Coach is great. He gave us a good pep talk at the half,” said Senior Captain Katie Larson.

The Storm came out in the second half with a strong offensive surge, but the Flyers managed to weather the Storm until they put in a mishandled ball about ten minutes into the second half to give Sauk Rapids a 1-0 lead.

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