Card girls' soccer: Third straight winAlexandria outscores St. Cloud Cathedral 2-1 for a non-conference victory and a 3-7-1 mark
Alexandria head girls’ soccer coach Tom Roos has preached progress with a young team this season and that’s exactly what he got last week.
The Cardinals rebounded from a 0-7-1 record in their first seven games and won their third straight with a 2-1 win over St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Field.
It took a late rally to get the job done. Marisa Eigen took a shot from the right side with the clock winding down in a 1-1 game. The St. Cloud keeper mishandled the ball on the shot, which led to a dash for the ball in front of the net. Leah Stinson got to the ball in the scrum and knocked it in for the winning goal.
That was the kind of break that wasn’t going the Cardinals’ way earlier in the season. They created opportunities against the Crusaders by continuing to apply pressure in the second half. That helped them overcome a 1-0 deficit after Cathedral struck four minutes into the second half on a goal by Cia Strong.
It didn’t take long for Alexandria to answer. Bria Nienaber tied things up when she knocked in a rebound off a Chelsea Mistele shot. Both teams had opportunities in the ensuing minutes, but it was Stinson who connected to send her team to its third straight win.
Freshman keeper Sarah Bruzek continues to make strides in net for Alexandria. She turned aside eight shots to pick up the win.