The Cardinal girls' soccer team has used its defense to stay in almost every game this season and that was the case again on Tuesday as Alexandria advanced to the Section 8A finals with a 1-0 win over East Grand Forks.
Junior goaltender Sarah Bruzek earned the shutout in net and has allowed just two goals through her team's three wins in the playoffs.
Anna Spanbauer has been the catalyst on offense through the tournament run. She scored her third goal in as many games through these playoffs as she provided the only goal for her team against the Green Wave.
That was enough to send the Cardinals into the section title game against Central Lakes Conference foe Sartell. The Cardinals and Sabres will travel to St. Cloud State University tomorrow night, Thursday, to decide who will head to the Class A state tournament. Game time is set for 6 p.m.