The Alexandria girls soccer team continued its climb with a fourth straight win on Tuesday night, this time beating Central Lakes Conference foe Willmar in a 2-1 game.
Alexandria freshman goaltender Sophia Vinje had posted three straight shutouts. Vinje and the defense in front of her were stingy again on Tuesday as Vinje posted seven saves for the win. Fergus Falls’ sophomore keeper Ella Swenson had eight saves in the tough-luck loss.
“I know the Fergus (goalkeeper) would like to have that second goal back, but at the same time, she robbed the Alex Cards on a couple occasions to keep her team in the game,” Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. “I’m pleased with the way we attempted to possess the ball and build up an organized offensive attack, rather than simply knocking it down field and chasing it.”
Alexandria’s second goal came two minutes into the second half. Ally Randazzo sent a pass to Shea Issendorf, who fired a shot from 25 yards out that got past Swenson. That gave her team the 2-0 cushion after Alexandria had scored earlier on an Emma Reineke corner kick that set up Anna Zwilling in the penalty area for a strike that found the back of the net.
Willmar scored with a little more than 12 minutes left by executing a penalty kick after an Alexandria handball was called. It was too little, too late as Vinje and the defense held strong down the stretch to secure the win.
Alexandria improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the CLC, while Willmar fell to 2-3-1 and 2-2 in CLC play.