Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.
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The Alexandria girls soccer team fell to 0-4 on the young season after a 5-0 shutout loss at Moorhead on Thursday. The Spuds’ Lauren Hodny finished with two goals, while Olivia Watson, Kylie Englund and Tyra Djaerf each added another to the Moorhead cause. The Cardinals, meanwhile, recorded just two shots on goal. Both were stopped by Spuds keeper Emily Soukup.
The losing streak hit four for the Alexandria boys soccer team on Thursday night after a 2-0 road loss against Moorhead. The Spuds dropped the Cardinals to 2-4 overall through a pair of goals and six saves from Moorhead keeper Caden Triggs. In the 28th minute, Aiden Copeland tallied the opening goal off a pass from Jeron Sheldon, and then Sheldon added a goal of his own off an assist from William Vargas in the 65th minute.
The Osakis volleyball team dug itself into trouble Thursday night, and the hole was too deep to recover from in a 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-22) home loss to Royalton. “We missed a lot of serves, and that hurts. We also were a little hesitant on defense at times, and that’s something we can’t do, against a good team like that especially,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “They were just able to stop (our) momentum by finding open spots on the floor and getting a point.”
The Brandon-Evansville football team is not in unfamiliar territory. The Chargers lost 20-14 to Verndale in last Friday's season opener, the fourth straight year that B-E has fallen victim to the Pirates in week one. While it wasn't how they wanted to start the season, Brandon-Evansville quickly moved forward and moved on. "We look at everything and move on, win or lose," Chargers head coach Tim Pattrin said. "Our goal is to be better each week, so no matter what happens, we look on to practice and the following game."
The West Central Area volleyball team had momentum with a marathon win in the first set of Tuesday's matchup against New York Mills, but the Knights couldn't capitalize in a 3-1 loss in Barrett. "In the first set, (we) did a great job of keeping NYM on their toes," WCA head coach Amy Linn said. "Unfortunately, we were unable to maintain the momentum and made way too many errors on serve receive and defense in the following sets." West Central Area won the first set 32-30, but they didn't come close again with following losses of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-13 for the four-set final.
Eight minutes into Tuesday’s matchup, the Alexandria boys soccer team looked well on its way to ending its seven-game winless streak against Willmar. That outlook changed in a hurry. From there, Willmar cut through the Alex defense at will, scoring six straight goals by the end of the first half and soaring to a 7-2 thumping at AAHS.
The Brandon-Evansville football team came out on the wrong end of a back-and-forth thriller on Friday night. The Chargers came within 18 yards of victory, but a late strike from Verdale proved to be fatal in a 20-14, season-opening road loss.
Early in the third quarter of West Central Area-Ashby’s season opener against Breckenridge, a thick fog rolled in and created a movie-like atmosphere under the return of fresh Friday night lights. The stage was set. The fourth-quarter clock winded down as the Knights started driving in search of the game-tying score. The fog continued to roll in, and the stakes of each play continued to rise.
The Alexandria volleyball team picked up its second win in as many matches as the Cardinals took down Sauk Rapids-Rice 3-1 at AAHS on Thursday. Alex (2-0) opened up with a 25-21 win in the first set, and the Cards doubled their lead a set later with a 25-22 victory in the second. The Storm spoiled the sweep by winning the third set 25-20, but Alexandria returned to form in the fourth through a 25-20 win that clinched the 3-1 victory.
The Osakis volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Osakis. “We were ahead 18-9 in the first game. We were playing with a ton of focus and made very minimal mistakes,” Silverstreaks head coach Kirsten Wessel said. “They were able to chip away and make a comeback.” The Eagles flipped their first-set deficit into a 25-21 win, and then added to it with 25-16 and 25-14 victories to clinch the sweep.