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Girls soccer: Offense erupts as Alex wins first game

The Alexandria girls soccer team had its offense break out in a big way on Tuesday night to collect its first win of the season 5-0 against St. Cloud Cathedral.

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Junior Laura Dahlquist wins a race to a loose ball during the season opener against East Grand Forks on August 21 at AAHS. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls soccer team had its offense break out in a big way on Tuesday night to collect its first win of the season 5-0 against St. Cloud Cathedral. 

Five different players scored for Alexandria as everybody got in on the act. Karsen Granning got things going with a goal after she received a pass from Hannah Hanson. Granning made a move to her left and scored from 18 yards out to make it 1-0 with a little more than 23 minutes left in the half.
Liza Knoblach was next as she took a pass from Emily Korkowski and scored from six yards out. That brought the game into the half with the Cardinals having all the momentum.
They piled on in the second half. Carly Dropik scored off a corner kick sent in from Laura Dahlquist before Korkowski scored one herself at 13:48 on a high shot sent over the keeper from 30 yards out. Kaila Dewanz then ended things with a goal from six yards out after an assist from Granning.
“We are still tweaking things to fit the pieces of the puzzle together and saw some positive steps tonight,” head coach Tom Roos said. “In the second half, the Alex defense limited Cathedral to one shot. The Cards showed improvement in the offensive third and we saw solid games from a center midfield platoon of Laura Dahlquist and Katie Desautels, along with sophomore goalkeeper Emma Ziegler.”
Ziegler earned her first varsity shutout in the win as Alexandria improved to 1-1-1 early in the season.

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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