After five losses to open the season, the Alexandria girls soccer team is back to .500.

The Cardinals got their fifth straight win on Thursday night, this time beating St. Cloud Tech in a 1-0 game. Defense and goaltending has been the name of the game for Alexandria after giving up just two goals during the five-game winning streak.

Against the Tigers (2-6-3, 2-2-2 Central Lakes Conference), the defensive unit of Abby Johnson, Myah Kremer, Georgia Reemts, Hallee Anderson, Summer Gerhardt and Kylee James limited Tech to just four shots on goal. Eighth-grade goalie Sophia Vinje took it from there to earn her third shutout of the season.

“Each team had a breakaway opportunity that they were unable to finish,” Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. “(Alexandria’s) Kaye Paschka got behind the Tech defenders in the first half, but her shot was turned away by the Tech GK. Tech’s attack put a runner behind the Alex D in the second half, but her shot went just wide of the goal as Sophia Vinje was laid out to try to keep out anything that was on net.”

The Cardinals’ only goal came from Emma Reineke with 15 minutes left in the second half. Paschka made a run down the left sideline with the ball and attacked the goal. The defense collapsed on Paschka as she slid the ball into the box to Reineke, who was waiting to bury it for what turned out to be the game winner.

The Cardinals improved to 5-5 and 4-2 in the CLC. They will try to make it six straight wins when they go to St. Cloud Cathedral (3-4-1) on Sept. 24 for a 5 p.m. game. Alexandria is home next on Sept. 25 when Sartell-St. Stephen (5-2-1) comes to town for a 7 p.m. game.