Alexandria girls get top-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's in the state-tournament opener

Game time is set for 7:30 on Wednesday in Monticello.

The Alexandria girls soccer team will face the No. 1 seed to open up the Class AA state tournament on Wednesday.

The Cardinals (15-2-1) joined Byron (13-2-3) and Mankato West (13-4-2) as the three teams unseeded in the bracket.

Alexandria will face top-seeded Benilde-St. Margaret’s out of Section 5AA at 7:30 in Monticello on Oct. 27. The Red Knights are 16-0-1 and ranked No. 1 through the QRF on

Benilde-St. Margaret’s is the highest scoring team in Class AA, averaging 5.3 goals per game. The Red Knights also allow less than half a goal per game on average. They beat Blake (4-13-1) 4-0 and Orono (12-5-1) 4-1 to win the Section 5AA tournament.

Alexandria will have its talented defense tested as the Cardinals come into the state tournament allowing less than half a goal per game (0.4), while scoring 3.3 themselves on average.


The winner of this game will play the winner of fourth-seeded St. Francis (18-0) and fifth-seeded Cloquet-Carlton (16-2) on Nov. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. The Class AA state championship game is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Academy of Holy Angels (18-0-1) is the second seed in the tournament and takes on Byron in the quarterfinals. Mahtomedi (14-2-2) is seeded third and faces Mankato West.

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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