The Alexandria girls soccer team is a win away from climbing back to .500 after a fourth straight win on Tuesday night.

This one came in St. Cloud as the Cardinals (4-5, 4-2 Central Lakes Conference) got another strong defensive effort in beating Apollo (3-5-1, 2-2-1 CLC) 3-1. In the four wins, Alexandria and 8th-grade goalie Sophia Vinje have allowed just two goals.

“This was a huge win against a strong team,” Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. “This was a big step in coming together as a team, and improvement was shown in all areas of the field.”

Vinje had 10 saves and allowed just one goal seven minutes into the game that gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Alexandria responded quickly when Kaye Paschka scored three minutes later by getting behind the defense after a pass from Camille Hegstad.

That was the first of two goals by Paschka. She scored 14 minutes into the second half, this time after receiving a throw in from Hegstad and beating a defender before scoring from 14 yards out. The final Cardinals’ goal came from Anna Zwilling as she blasted a 35-yard free kick past Apollo’s keeper.

Alexandria ran out the clock from there. Roos lauded the play of Hailey Eggebraaten, Molly Panther, Hadlee Hanson, McKenna Ellingson, Emma Reineke and Zwilling in allowing the Cardinals to possess the ball on a regular basis and turn that into attacks up field.

Alexandria will be tested now heading into an eight-day stretch where the Cardinals play St. Cloud Tech (2-4-3), St. Cloud Cathedral (3-3-1), Sartell-St. Stephen (5-1-1) and Sauk Rapids Rice (3-5). The first of those comes in St. Cloud at Tech this Thursday night at 7. The only home contest in there comes on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. against Sartell.