Card girls' soccer: Winning streak ends for AlexandriaThe Cards fall to Sartell, St. Cloud Tech
A three-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Sartell-St. Stephen on Monday night as the Cardinal girls’ soccer team dropped a 3-0 game to the Sabres.
Sartell is one of the top teams in the Central Lakes Conference and it played like it on Monday night. Morgan Haider got her team going with a goal in the 17th minute of the first half. The Sabres took that 1-0 lead in the half as freshman goalkeeper Sarah Bruzek got six saves to keep Alexandria within reach.
“Sartell is a fast team both on offense and defense,” Cardinal head coach Tom Roos said. “Speed on defense allows them to push up aggressively and recover quickly if needed. [We] weren’t able to solve that puzzle in the first half, with the only shots on goal coming from Mo Eigen and Anna Spanbauer.”
The Cardinals responded in the second half by trying to counter attack behind the Sartell defense. That led to a few more scoring opportunities, but Alexandria was not able to capitalize.
That allowed the Sabres to expand their lead. Once again, it was Hader who gave her team a 2-0 lead with almost 27 minutes left in the game. She connected from 12 yards out before Abby Kuhl put the finishing touches on the win with less than eight minutes remaining.
Erin Deters finished with 12 saves as she picked up the shutout in net for Sartell. Bruzek finished with 17 saves for Alexandria.
Tech 3, Alexandria 0
The Cardinal girls’ soccer team dropped its second straight game by a 3-0 score on Tuesday night when St. Cloud Tech came to Citizens Field and left with its seventh conference win of the season.
The Tigers are atop the Central Lakes Conference standings and played like it Tuesday night. They got on the board with seven minutes left in the first half when they connected on a header off a corner kick.
Tech came on strong in the second half to break away. The Tigers got a goal 20 minutes into the second when they got to a loose ball and knocked it past Cardinal keeper Julia Bennet. Their final goal came with five seconds left in the game.
Joie Warnes and Anna Spanbauer led the Cadinals in shots on goal. Hannah Lovaas, Laura McKee and Molly Kalla scored for the Tigers, while Katelyn Wendt earned the win in net for Tech.