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Win number two

The Alexandria girls' soccer team won their second game of the season in dominant fashion this past Tuesday in Willmar, beating the opposing Cardinals 7-0.

The Alexandria girls' soccer team won their second game of the season in dominant fashion this past Tuesday in Willmar, beating the opposing Cardinals 7-0.

Alexandria showed a balanced lineup against Willmar as four different players scored at least one goal.

"Between the goals and the assists, we had seven players contribute to the scoring effort," head coach Thomas Roos said. "This gives me hope that this year we can show an offense that is really multi dimensional."

The Cardinals wasted no time taking control of the game as Emma Wilson fired in her first goal of the season just over three minutes into the game.

The floodgates opened from there. Bria Backhaus scored from 15 yards out three minutes later and Shenae Morical began an outstanding day on a goal with 16 minutes left in the half.

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Three minutes later Kathryn Delzoppo scored on a rebound off of Nikki Hommond's shot, giving Alexandria a 4-0 lead at the half.

Morical scored her second of three goals on the game to begin the second half. Gloria Head sent a pass to Morical who set up 12 yards from the keeper as she sent the ball to the back of the net. She completed the hat trick with a chip shot from 20 yards out over the keeper's reach.

Lost in this offensive flurry was the play of the Alexandria defense. The Cardinals have not allowed a goal after two games this year.

"Our defense, led by seniors Crystal Zastrow and Tiffany Golberg, literally did not allow a shot on goal," head coach Thomas Roos said.

Alexandria 3,

Fergus Falls 0

Kathryn DelZoppo's hat trick provided the Alexandria girls' soccer team with a 3-0 victory over Fergus Falls in the Cardinals' season home opener Saturday.

DelZoppo's first goal came at 28 minutes into the first half as she took advantage of an out of position Otter goalkeeper.

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"Fergus goalkeeper, Amanda Lewis, plays an aggressive game and comes off her line frequently," said Cardinal coach Tom Roos. "Deli was able to launch a high shot from 22 yards out that floated over the keeper as she tried to recover back to her line."

DelZoppo notched another goal six minutes later when Katie Roos made a 30-yard run with the ball down the right side, beating the outside defender, and sending a cross into DelZoppo, who sent a one-time volley in the net and giving Alexandria a 2-0 lead at the half.

The Otters came back much stronger in the second half, according to Roos, whose team was limited to just one shot on goal, that coming 23 minutes into the half on a penalty by Fergus Falls.

"The only goal of the half came when a Fergus defender was called for a handball in the penalty area and DelZoppo buried the penalty kick," said Roos.

Junior Kathy Berglin made her first varsity start in goal and put in a solid game, making seven saves.

Alexandria finished with 15 shots on goal.

Both the offense and defense will be put to the test tomorrow, Saturday, when they face off against St. Cloud Cathedral in St. Cloud. Game time is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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