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Alex boys' soccer: Crowe's late goal leads to tie

Alex keeper Zach Lamb goes high for a save against Willmar. (Tom Larson/West Central Tribune)

The Alexandria boys’ soccer team escaped Willmar with a 1-1 tie after Devin Crowe scored in the 75th minute to force overtime on Monday night. 

Neither team could find the back of the net in the extra session as Alexandria moved to 4-8-2 overall and 3-6-1 in the Central Lakes Conference. It was a solid performance for the Alexandria boys against a Willmar team that is averaging almost three goals per game, which is second most of any team in the CLC.

Crowe was able to capitalize on a loose ball near the right post after it got away from Willmar keeper Charlie Trochlil. Willmar (8-4-2, 4-3-2 CLC) outshot Alexandria 19-9 but the road Cardinals got the tie and improved to 1-0-1 against Willmar this season after beating them 2-1 in overtime on September 12. Alexandria’s Kevin Roedel was credited with the assist on his team’s goal.

“It’s the Cardinal hex,” Willmar head coach Jeff Winter told the West Central Tribune after the game. “Something happens when we play them. We just don’t shoot very well. We had a lot of shots but just couldn’t get them in.”

Alexandria senior keeper Zach Lamb had a nice night with 18 saves. Willmar’s only goal came in the 23rd minute from Alex McLouth before Lamb shut the door on them the rest of the way.

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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