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.
“(She) made some nice saves, including a diving save to her right on a blistering shot from Willmar’s Hannah Johnson,” Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said of his goalie.
Alexandria grabbed a lead 18 minutes into the game when Hailey Eggebraaten sent a corner kick into Sidney Drew who sent a shot off the crossbar. Kaye Paschka was there to pounce on the rebound to score the only goal of the first half.
Eggebraaten got a goal of her own in the second half when she sent a high shot over the Willmar goalie. That made it 2-0 with 20 minutes left in the game.
“Willmar was able to put on offensive pressure, but the Alex Cardinal defense limited Willmar’s opportunities to only two shots inside the 18,” Roos said.
Paschka put the finishing touches on the win when she scored her second goal of the game with three minutes left. Drew found her with a pass, and Paschka did the rest, outrunning the defense to find herself alone to beat the Willmar goalie for the game-clincher.
Alexandria (3-5) will try to keep things going when it heads on the road now this week for games at St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.