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Soccer: Alexandria girls hold off late Little Falls rally to win 3-2

The Little Falls Flyers scored two goals in the final 12 minutes of Thursday's match but it wasn't enough as Alexandria scored three goals earlier in the match and won 3-2. Alexandria is 4-0 so far this season.

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Senior Alexa Eggebraaten tries to rifle a pass through three Detroit Lakes defenders in a match on Aug. 27, 2022. Eggebraaten had two assists in Alexandria's 8-0 win. Eggebraaten scored Alexandria's final goal in a 3-2 win over the Little Falls Flyers on Sept. 1, 2022.
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LITTLE FALLS - With two minutes left in a match against Alexandria on Thursday, the Little Falls Flyers scored a goal on a penalty kick to cut its deficit to one at 3-2 with little time left.

Alexandria got the stops it needed to hold off Little Falls in a rematch of the 2021 Section 8AA Championship game and move to 4-0 for the 2022 season.

“It was a solid effort from the team on a night with less than ideal heat conditions,” Alexandria head coach Amy Korynta said. “Avery Sinning and Lydia Oldenkamp played very tough on the outside defensively and are really growing into their new roles on varsity. We had a solid match all around.”

Thursday’s win was Alexandria's second over a Section 8AA opponent, with the first being an 8-0 win over Detroit Lakes on Aug. 27.

The Cardinals got on the board first with a goal by junior Sophia Korynta five minutes into the match.

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Freshman Mackenzie Jurchenko scored her first varsity goal with a header off of a corner kick from junior Elle Heydt, which put Alexandria up 2-0 13 minutes into the match. Senior Alexa Eggebraaten scored Alexandria’s final goal of the match off of an assist from Paislee Dummer.

Little Falls scored the final two goals of the match, with the first coming with 12 minutes left. These two goals by Little Falls were the first that Alexandria has allowed all season.

Alexandria had a 26-5 shots-on-goal advantage.

“The score was closer than the match,” Amy Korynta said. “Some nights, it’s just tough to put the ball into the goal, and this was one of these nights.”

Alexandria caps off a three-match road stand with a trip to St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Alexandria outscored St. Cloud Apollo 16-0 in their two matches last season.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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