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Card girls' soccer downs Sartell

Alexandria's Anna Spanbauer controlled the ball during a game against Detroit Lakes from earlier this season. Spanbauer had assists on both of the Cardinals' goals in a win over Sartell last Thursday. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls' soccer team used another great defensive effort to beat Central Lakes Conference rival Sartell 2-0 last Thursday night.

These two teams met in the section title game last year with Alexandria winning 1-0 in a shootout. The Cardinals didn't need overtime this time.

The Cardinals got on the board with five minutes left in the first half on a header from Anna Lee off a corner kick from Anna Spanbauer. With eight minutes left, Alexandria got a little breathing room when Spanbauer found Haley Burns for her first varsity goal.

That was plenty of offense for the Cardinal defense and senior goaltender Sarah Bruzek.

It is a process for a defense to gel and learn to sort things out as a group," head coach Tom Roos said. "Improvement was made as the game went on by our outside defenders Bria Nienaber, Carly Dropik, Laura Dahlquist, and Chelsey Swenson."

Bruzek finished with 10 saves to record her second straight shutout. She has allowed just one goal through the first three games as Alexandria has jumped out to a 2-1 record.

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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