Alexandria girls' soccer: Second half goals carry Cards to winAlexandria tops Willmar 2-0
After a stalemate in the first half, the Cardinal girls’ soccer team broke away for a goal 11 minutes into the second half en route to a 2-0 victory over Willmar in Central Lakes Conference play Tuesday night.
“Willmar was much improved since the first time we played them,” said head coach Tom Roos.
The Cardinals got on the board when Anna Carlsen crossed a ball in from the right side, where it was received by Gabby Koel in the penalty area.
“Unable to turn to take on a defender, Gabby laid it off for the weak side midfielder, Kayla Vanderveur, who scored from eight yards out,” said Roos.
The Cards scored again, when, 13 minutes into the second half, they were awarded a penalty kick and Anna Spanbauer executed the kick for a 2-0 lead.
Sarah Bruzek needed to make just two saves on the night as Willmar was not able to get into scoring position more than twice against the Cards.
With the 2-0 victory over Willmar Tuesday night, the Cardinal girls improved to 6-1-1 in Central Lakes Conference girls’ soccer, trailing just the Brainerd Warriors in the standings. Those two top conference teams took to the pitch last night Thursday, in a battle that will help decide the league champion.
ALEXANDRIA 2, WILLMAR O
ALEXANDRIA 0 2 —2
WILLMAR 0 0 —0
ALEX – Kayla Vanderveur (unassisted) 42:00, ALEX – Anna Spanbauer, penalty kick, 47:00.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Alexandria 12, Willmar 2.
GOALIE SAVES – Sarah Bruzek, Alex, 2; Jordan Martins, Willmar, 10.