The Alexandria boys soccer team bounced back from its lone loss of the season on Aug. 29 by edging St. Cloud Apollo in a 4-3 final on Tuesday.
The Eagles (0-3) got a goal in the second minute of the game, but the Cardinals (3-1-1) controlled the pace of play for the rest of the first half. That led to two goals and a lead that Alexandria never relinquished.
Joshua Kietzmann scored in the 29th and 33rd minutes to give his team a 2-1 lead. Graham Peterson dribbled through the Eagles defense in the 48th minute and found the back of the net to give the Cardinals a 3-1 advantage.
Apollo struck back with a goal one minute later, but Kietzmann was too much throughout the game for the Eagles. He finished off the hat trick with his third of the night in the 58th minute. That proved to be the game winner after the Eagles got one more in the 77th minute.
“The final three minutes of play, the Cardinals put their game on lock down and refused to give up this critical win,” Alexandria head coach Brandon Johnson said. “Apollo has always been a great team and (we) were delighted to walk off the pitch with a win.”
The victory moved Alexandria to 2-1 in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals put 13 shots on goal against Apollo, and sophomore goalie Ryan Meuwissen had 13 saves for the win.