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Just like that, the Alexandria girls soccer team has run off a three-game winning streak. The Cardinals started the season 0-5 but have outscored their last three opponents 12-1 after a 3-0 win over Willmar on Saturday. Alexandria’s eighth-grade goalie, Sophia Vinje, got the shutout with 12 saves as she played against a team that is coached by her older brother, former Alexandria graduate David Vinje.
Brainerd (1-2) 36, Alexandria (1-2) 7 Kimball Area (2-1) 28, Parkers Prairie (1-2) 20 Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (3-0) 14, Brandon-Evansville (1-2) 8 F/OT Minnewaska (2-1) 43, Montevideo (0-3), 0 Barnesville (3-0), West Central Area-Ashby (1-2) 14 Osakis (2-1) 56, Benson (0-3) 8
The Parkers Prairie football team jumped out to an early lead on Friday night but could not quite hold on in a 28-20 loss to Kimball. The Cubs (2-1) took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Tucker Schultz. The Panthers then helped Kimball out by touching a punt that the Cubs then recovered before another 15-yard run into the end zone by Schultz made it an eight-point game.
Things did not come easy for the Minnewaska football team in the first half on Friday night, but that’s part of the process for the Lakers this season.
The Alexandria girls soccer team started off its season with five straight losses but has now won two straight after taking care of Rocori in a 4-0 game on Thursday. Junior Sidney Drew led the way. She got things going with a goal almost 28 minutes into the contest when she made a long run on the ball and finished from 16 yards out.
The Alexandria boys soccer team snapped a five-game skid earlier this week in a 4-1 win over Fergus Falls (2-7) on Tuesday but fell in a 2-1 game against Rocori (2-3-1) on Thursday. JJ Foster had two goals in the win over Fergus Falls and Alexandria’s only goal against Rocori as Graham Peterson picked up the assist. Senior keeper Zach Wosepka faced nine shots in net and had seven saves against the Spartans.
FOOTBALL Alexandria at Brainerd, 7 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Wheaton-H-N, 7 p.m. Osakis at Benson, 7 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Montevideo, 7 p.m. West Central Area-Ashby at Barnesville, 7 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Kimball Area, 7 p.m. BOYS SOCCER
The West Central Area volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Thursday night. The Wolverines (8-1) won 25-17, 25-8 and 25-8 to finish off the Knights (3-5) in three. “We never really got into a rhythm and we didn't play to our abilities,” WCA head coach Amy Linn said. “CGB is a good team that took advantage of our mistakes.”
Another day, another 7-0 win for the Osakis tennis team. This time it was Long Prairie-Grey Eagle that fell victim to the Silverstreaks. The tightest match came at first singles, but Osakis’ Tia Dykema rallied from a loss in the first set to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. Lauren Scherr followed suit at second singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Mara VanNyhuis didn’t drop a game in the third spot and Lexi Spychalla won in straight sets at fourth singles.
The Brandon-Evansville and West Central Area cross country teams ran at the New London-Spicer Invite on Thursday as the Knights continued to showcase their talent. West Central Area won the boys meet with 51 point, well in front of second-place Staples at 70 and third-place Lac qui Parle Valley-Dawson-Boyd with 92. The Chargers came in 16th place with 435 points in a loaded field.