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Girls soccer: Cardinals fall to CLC power Brainerd

The Alexandria girls soccer team wrapped up the regular season on Monday night as the Central Lakes Conference champion Brainerd Warriors shut out the Cardinals 2-0.

"The girls played 80 minutes with intensity and never let up," Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. "Knowing that Brainerd would control the play, our hope was that the defense and goalkeeping would be solid and that we would have a few strong opportunities on counter attacks."

Roos said the best opportunity came when defender Kelsey Haugen found Kaye Paschka as a two-on-one developed with Paschka and Camille Hegstad. Brainerd keeper Molly Rudolph spoiled the opportunity for the Cardinals as she came off her line to break up the play.

McKenna Ellingson created another opportunity, and Georgia Lussenhop just missed wide of the upper corner of the net on an offensive free kick.

"In general, the defense was solid against an explosive Brainerd attack that has averaged six goals a game against CLC opponents," Roos said. "Defenders Georgia Lussenhop and Kelsea Haugen played strong games in front of goalkeeper Sophia Vinje, who made many strong saves to keep her team in the game."

Brainerd's two goals came in the 16th and 17th minutes off of corner kicks. Senior Regan McElfresh scored both of those goals.

Vinje finished with 19 saves for Alexandria, while Rudolph came away with six saves.

The playoffs are up next for Alexandria, with the Cardinals opening up on Thursday against an opponent that has yet to be determined through the QRF seeding.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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