Soccer: Alexandria boys blank Sartell

The Cardinals improved to 4-1-1 on Monday night when Otto Anderson's goal held up behind a shutout for Grayson Grove in goal.

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Alexandria junior goalkeeper Grayson Grove kicks the ball down field after a save against Rocori on Sept. 1, 2022. Grove earned a shutout in net on Monday as he helped the Cardinals improve to 4-1-1 with a 1-0 win over Sartell-St. Stephen (4-2).
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ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria boys soccer team improved to 4-1-1 and got what might be its best win of the season on Monday by taking down conference rival Sartell-St. Stephen.

The Sabres are a Class 3A program playing out of Section 8. The Cardinals (Section 8AA) dropped them to 4-2 after beating Sartell 1-0 on Monday.

“(We) were looking forward to this match as the Sabres were the only team they tied with all of last season, not once but twice,” Alexandria head coach Brandon Johnson said. “The desire was strong to find a victory in the matchup and the Cardinals were able to secure it with the lone goal coming in the 25th minute of play when Dylan Hendricks sent a free kick inside the box where Otto Anderson was able to score a goal with a header finish.”

Johnson hands out a Gatorade of the Game honor to one player after each game, and he presented junior goalkeeper Grayson Grove with that recognition on Monday.

“Another clean sheet (for Grove), and he made some incredible saves to keep the Cardinals walking away with a victory,” Johnson said.


Alexandria turns right around and plays another game tonight, Tuesday, when the Cardinals travel to Willmar (5-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Alexandria is back at home on Thursday night at 7 against a Central Lakes Conference and Section 8AA opponent in Sauk Rapids-Rice (2-3).

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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