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Published September 02 2010

Clark: Fast start has Gemar smiling

Forgive Moorhead senior Lukas Gemar for being excited these days. He has plenty of reasons to be that way. The cross country runner finished first at the Shocky Strand Invitational Monday.

He helped Moorhead take first place and there’s a possibility he could help lead Moorhead to a strong season.

“You work all summer to get better so it was nice to come out here and give it a go,” Gemar said. “I felt good out there running. Sometimes it can be tough running in 80 degree weather, but you have to work through it.”

Gemar added the other good thing about the race was seeing where Moorhead stacks up to the competition.

Moorhead cross country coach Jeremy Blake said teams such as Perham, Willmer and Bemidji are expected to be tough. Gemar agreed with his coach.

“As a whole, I think we did well,” Gemar said. “But there are things we didn’t do so well that we have to work on. But I still feel we ran a good race.”

Spuds girls soccer defends its decision

Scoring 16 goals through two games has made Moorhead girls soccer coach Nicole Wiesner pretty happy.

But what pleased her more was her team’s 2-0 victory against Bemidji this week.

The shutout marked the first step in the right direction for a Moorhead defense that gave up three goals in it’s opener against Crookston.

“We had a talk about making better decisions,” said Wiesner, who is in her second season. “That was something I even told our goalkeeper. Two of the three goals we gave up against Crookston were breakaways.

“I told her when it comes to breakaways she has to come out of the net or stay in. There cannot be hesitation.”

Breakaways were hardly a problem as Moorhead hogged the ball with 70 percent possession.

Senior left back Joni Moustad said the biggest factor in the shutout was talking. Moustad, one of two returning defensive starters, was in constant communication with her defense throughout the game.

They were more than pleased to talk following the shutout victory.

“For us, the last five minutes of a game have been important because that’s when we’ve given up goals,” she said. “So we’ve told ourselves to keep our focus. It worked well.”

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Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548

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