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Girls soccer: Vinje wraps up breakout season with MVP

Alexandria's Sophia Vinje shares a laugh with head coach Tom Roos and her teammates after shutting out Willmar 1-0 on Sept. 5. Vinje was named the Cardinals MVP this year as just a seventh grader after helping solidify things in goal for a young Alexandria team. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)1 / 3
Hailey Eggebraaten2 / 3
Molly Panther3 / 3

The Alexandria girls soccer team had their awards ceremony on Oct. 26 to honor their athletes and graduating seniors as seventh-grade goalkeeper Sophia Vinje wrapped up her breakout season by being named this team's MVP.

A young Cardinals team finished 3-13-1 this past fall, but Alexandria did a pretty good job limiting the opposition on offense. Vinje helped the Cardinals post a 2.4 goals against average.

Molly Panther received the Hustle Award and Hailey Eggebraaten was named Most Improved.

Senior defender Allison O'Kane and Vinje both received All-Central Lakes Conference recognition. All conference honorable mention went to junior midfielder and forward Kaye Paschka, sophomore forward Eggebraaten and sophomore defender Shea Issendorf.

"The seniors leaving the program have aspirations of graduating and going into fields that include the health services, education, and architecture," head coach Tom Roos said. "They will be positive influences in the communities and workplaces they settle in and the families and relationships they will form."

The graduating seniors leaving the program include Makenna Lamb, Kaia Illies, Olivia Burns, O'Kane, Josie Minnerath, Kelsea Haugen, Taylor Breitkreutz, Tahlia Olson, Meghan Moore and Alexa Frick.

"Their high school soccer career will not define who they are," Roos said about the graduating seniors. "But hopefully it will be one of the many experiences that have a positive impact on who they become."

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