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Soccer Roundup-'Jacks, Eskomos to engage again

Cousins Maija Doran and Kailee Kiminski often celebrate holidays together with family. However, the opposing high school girls soccer players face each other on the field just as frequently.

Cousins Maija Doran and Kailee Kiminski often celebrate holidays together with family. However, the opposing high school girls soccer players face each other on the field just as frequently.

Doran, a Cloquet junior forward, and Kiminski, an Esko sophomore defender, have played against one another quite often in their teams' storied soccer rivalry. The pair of close cousins and neighboring programs will again engage today, Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. at Les Knuti Field in Esko.

Perhaps it's no better time as both Cloquet and Esko-Carlton are playing some of their best soccer of the fall. The Lumberjacks (8-3-3) are unbeaten in their last 10 matches, while the Eskomos (9-5-0) have won five of their past six. Both shut out their opponents Tuesday evening with Esko-Carlton stymying host Duluth Denfeld and Cloquet blanking visiting Proctor, as Doran added to her team-leading nine goals this season.

"We've been solid and we're trying to get more consistent," said fourth-year Cloquet Coach Dustin Randall. "But we haven't given up a lot of goals in that stretch."

In the teams' first meeting Aug. 28, Cloquet topped Esko-Carlton 2-0 at Bromberg Field in Cloquet behind Kenzie Rathe's shutout. Moving from defense to forward since then, Erika Shady leads the Eskomos with six goals, while seventh-year Esko-Carlton Coach Nicki Peterson said her girls have improved since that early-season defeat.

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"It's been over a month and we're a different team now," she said. "All of the girls know each other and the competition between Cloquet and Esko has always been here in my time. I really can't say anything to get them ready. They're ready."

"They're going to want it as much as we do," added Doran of the Eskomos, including her cousin. "It's the Esko game. But I usually always give her a hug after."

BOYS SOCCER:

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (6-6-3) clashed with rival Duluth East for a 0-0 double overtime draw Monday evening at Bromberg Field in Cloquet. Greyhounds goalkeeper Daniel Spooner earned his 10th shutout with four saves, while Lumberjacks' netminder Halen Danielson made all 13 stops in posting his sixth shutout this season.

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