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Postseason awards: Cardinals honor a standout season

Alexandria girls soccer has plenty to recognize after trip to state.

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From left to right, team award winners for the Alexandria girls soccer team are Morgan Sanow, Most Improved; Ellen Panther, Hustle Award; Kylee James, MVP; and Erika Zick, Coaches Award. Contributed photo

The Alexandria girls soccer team had many standout players to choose from as the Cardinals recognized the athletes who helped lead them to a state tournament this past fall, and senior defender Kylee James was named this group’s most valuable player.

James was an all-state player this season, along with teammate Ella Westlund -- a junior forward. Westlund had a team-high 21 goals, along with 6 assists.

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Alexandria girls soccer players recognized as All-Central Lakes Conference players from the 2021 season are, left to right, Sophia Vinje, Greta Oldenkamp (honorable mention), Ellen Panther, Morgan Sanow (honorable mention), Kylee James and Ella Westlund. Sophomore forward Sophia Korynta, not pictured, was also an honorable-mention selection. Contributed photo

Westlund, James, junior defender Ellen Panther, and junior goalkeeper Sophia Vinje (13 shutouts, 140 saves, 0.63 goals-against average) were All-Central Lakes Conference performers, while sophomore forwards Sophia Korynta (13 goals, 6 assists) and Greta Oldenkamp (6 goals, 15 assists) and senior Morgan Sanow were honorable-mention All CLC.

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Alexandria finished second in the conference with an 8-2 record as Brainerd won the league with a 9-1 record. Freshman Allie Haabala added to the depth of the Cardinals with 6 goals and 6 assists.

Junior defender Ellen Panther also helped anchor a defense for Alexandria that allowed less than one goal per game (0.6). Panther earned the Hustle Award from her teammates. Sanow won the Most Improved Award, and senior Erika Zick took the final team award as she earned the Coaches Award.

Tom Roos also won the Section 8AA Coach of the Year Award in his final season leading the Alexandria girls program before he moves on to coach at Alexandria College next year.

This group led Alexandria to one of the best seasons in program history as the Cardinals finished 15-3-1 overall and went to their third-ever state tournament and first at the Class AA level. The Cardinals lose some talented seniors, but will return many good players as they try to put together another memorable run in the 2022 season.

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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