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Soccer: Alexandria boys erupt in second half to finish East Grand Forks

The Cardinals scored a season-high four goals as four different players found the back of the net.

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Alexandria's Samuel Diaz gets to a ball against Rocori on Sept. 1, 2022. Diaz scored his first varsity goal at East Grand Forks on Tuesday as he helped the Cardinals improve to 6-2-2 overall with a 4-0 win against the Green Wave.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press
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EAST GRAND FORKS — The Alexandria boys soccer team scored a season-high number of goals on Tuesday as the Cardinals (6-2-2) bounced back from a 1-0 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral (6-1) on Monday with a 4-0 win at East Grand Forks (0-5).

Alexandria controlled the ball through much of the match, but only had one goal to show for it in the first half. Otto Anderson sent a pass to Tripp Shatek in the 29th minute that Shatek finished for the 1-0 advantage.

The Cardinals improved to 8-1 and handed East Grand Forks, a fellow Section 8AA team, its first loss of the season on Tuesday in a 3-0 final.

The Cardinals broke through in the second half with three more.

Jack Carlson scored in the 61st minute off an assist from Cole Haabala. Dylan Kraker added a goal 12 minutes later off a Bryce Paffrath assist, and Samuel Diaz scored unassisted in the 78th minute. It was Diaz’s first varsity goal of his career.

Alexandria is at Brainerd on Thursday at 7 p.m. to face the Warriors (5-2-2) out of Section 8-3A.

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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