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Alex makes another CLC statement

Alexandria’s Rachel Drew (above) and the Cardinal girls’ soccer team won their 10th straight game on Tuesday night to move two and a half games up in the Central Lakes Conference standings. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

The Cardinal girls’ soccer players had a Central Lakes Conference title as one of their many goals this season and they seem well on their way to capturing that with another win on Tuesday night.

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Alexandria met up with second-place Sartell-St. Stephen and came out with a 2-1 win. With that, the Cardinals completed the season sweep over the Sabres and moved two and a half games ahead of the nearest competition in the CLC.

Alexandria got on the board first with a first-half goal from sophomore midfielder Karsen Granning. She received a throw-in from Kayla Vanderveur and connected on a shot from 25 yards out that beat the Sartell keeper.

Sarah Bruzek and the Alexandria defense were tested by the Sabres through the first half. Bruzek finished with 11 saves in the opening half, some from point-blank range, to help the Cardinals take the lead into the break.

“Sartell used their speed and tenacity to create multiple first-half scoring opportunities,” head coach Tom Roos said. “Sarah Bruzek played her best game of the season, turning away 11 first-half shots.”

Senior Anna Spanbauer gave Bruzek and her teammates some breathing room late in the game. Alexandria got three straight corner kicks and finally converted when Spanbauer’s kick from the corner deflected off a Sartell defender and into the net for a 2-0 lead with about nine minutes left.

That would prove to be important as Sartell added its only goal of the night with 4:20 left. It wasn’t enough, as the Cardinals improved to 10-1 overall and to 8-0 in the Central Lakes Conference with the win.

Alexandria has yet to give up two goals in a game this season. The Cardinals have allowed just five goals overall and seven of their 10 wins have come in shutouts.

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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