Soccer: Alexandria girls get rematch with Benilde-St. Margaret's in state quarterfinals

These two teams met in the opening round of the 2021 state tournament where the Red Knights won a 5-0 game.

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Alexandria's Avery Sinning throws the ball in during the Section 8AA championship against East Grand Forks on Oct. 18, 2022. Sinning and the Cardinals will take on Benilde-St. Margaret's during the quarterfinals of the Class AA state tournament on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in a game played at Monticello High School.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA - The Alexandria girls soccer team will face a familiar opponent in the opening round of the Class AA state tournament.

The Cardinals will take on fourth-seeded Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. The quarterfinal game will take place at Monticello High School. These two teams faced off in the opening round of last year’s state tournament where Benilde-St. Margaret’s won a 5-0 game. The Red Knights went on to take second place in the 2021 state tournament.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s is 13-4-2 this season after winning the Section 5AA tournament where it outscored three opponents by a combined score of 26-1. The Red Knights average 3.5 goals per game and allow just 0.8.

Alexandria will enter the state tournament with a 16-2 record after beating East Grand Forks in a 1-0 game in the Section 8AA championship. The Cardinals average 3.8 goals per game and allow just 0.3 behind 14 shutouts. That 0.3 goals-against average is the lowest of any Class AA team in the state.

Mahtomedi (16-2) was seeded first in the Class AA state tournament and will face Winona (12-5-2) in the quarterfinals on Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Farmington. Academy of Holy Angels (17-2) is seeded second and takes on Zimmerman (14-4-1) in the state opener, and third-seeded Mankato East (19-0) faces Cloquet-Carlton (15-3-1).


The winners of the quarterfinal games advance to play at U.S. Bank Stadium in the semifinals on Nov. 2. The state championship game is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. back at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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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