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East Grand Forks spoils first AAHS girls soccer game

Two second half goals for East Grand Forks less than one minute apart spoiled the first-ever Alexandria girls' soccer game at the new Alexandria Area High School Thursday night in a 2-0 loss.

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An East Grand Forks defender pokes the ball away from Alexandria forward Emily Korkowski on Thursday night. East Grand Forks defeated the Cardinals in the season opening game 2-0. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Two second half goals for East Grand Forks less than one minute apart spoiled the first-ever Alexandria girls’ soccer game at the new Alexandria Area High School Thursday night in a 2-0 loss.

The pair of Green Wave goals held up over the game’s final 23 minutes in a 2-0 defeat over the Cardinals in the first regular season game for either team.

The game was tight heading into the half as neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Cardinals bounced back from a slow start to get their fair share of chances in the offensive zone in the half.

East Grand Forks broke through in the second half; however, thanks to the two quick goals that gave Alexandria a 2-0 deficit over the fellow Section 6A opponent.

The Cardinals tried pressing its offense to get back into the game, but East Grand Forks defense for the most part kept its ground. One Alexandria corner found the back of the net with less than 12 minutes remaining, but it was later waived off due to a hand ball.

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“I think if we buried a goal it definitely would have set the tone differently,” senior Anna Lee said. “In the way they buried it, they got one a second later so it spiraled from there.”

“It definitely changes the attitude of the game,” added senior Emily Korkowski.

Even though the Cardinals fell in their first game of the season, head coach Tom Roos said he was not disappointed with the loss. Instead, he said every game is an opportunity to improve after the Cardinals graduated five starters from last year’s team.

“I thought we played well.” Roos said. “I think we have some positive things to build on, and we knew that this season wasn’t going to be a flick of a switch, that it’s going to be a process.”

Roos said the hand ball was an unlucky break after the Cardinals had started to fight back from the two-goal deficit. A change in Alexandria’s formation had helped them put on some offensive pressure towards the end of the game.

 “That would have put us within one goal,” Roos said. “We had gone to a different formation to try to create some offense, and the girls responded well. I think we had them on their heels.”

The Cardinals will play a road game against another section opponent in Detroit Lakes at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

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