The Alexandria girls soccer team saw defeat for the first time in two weeks on Monday, as St. Cloud Cathedral put a halt to the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak with a 2-1 win in St. Cloud.

“After making improvements in the last couple of weeks, I thought this was a step backwards,” AAHS head coach Tom Roos said. “This game showed a need to improve in all parts of the field -- defending more effectively in the defensive end, possessing better in the neutral third and creating better scoring opportunities in the final third.”

The Crusaders (4-4-1) struck first when they connected on an easy finish inside the box in the 36th minute. Cathedral doubled its lead three minutes into the second half, going up 2-0 off a corner kick.

Camille Hegstad cut the deficit in half on a 20-yard strike off a Kaye Paschka pass, but the Cardinals (5-6) couldn’t find the equalizer and ultimately fell victim to the 2-1 final.

“We always have close games with Cathedral and they are a solid team,” said Roos. “We will need to continue our push to improve in this final stretch leading to playoffs.”

Alexandria is back on the pitch at 7 p.m. tonight to host Sartell-St. Stephen at AAHS.