The Alexandria girls soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to six games over the weekend with a tie and another shutout win.
The Cardinals (7-2-1) beat Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 3-0 on Saturday after playing to a scoreless tie against Sauk Rapids-Rice on Friday. Freshman goalie Sophia Vinje and the Alexandria defense have posted six shutouts on the season. The Cardinals are allowing less than a goal per game (0.8) this fall.
Kamryn Coauette set up Alexandria’s first goal against Hillcrest as she made a run down the left flank and found Camille Hegstad for a goal from 10 yards out.
Hegstad got her second goal of the game with eight minutes left as her shot deflected off the Hillcrest goalkeeper and in. Anna Zwilling then sent a corner kick in to Shea Issendorf, who went up high to head the ball toward the far post. Emma Reineke put a second header on the ball and found the back of the net to cap off the 3-0 win.
Vinje needed to make just three saves in that game, while the Comets’ keeper turned aside 13 shots in the loss. Hillcrest fell to 3-4 with the loss.
The game against Sauk Rapids-Rice was evenly matched as Vinje stopped all 12 shots she faced, and the Sauk Rapids keeper made 10 saves. Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said senior outside defender Summer Gerhardt might have played the best game of her Cardinals career in leading the defense.
Alexandria almost stole a win late when Sidney Drew got an opportunity deep inside the Sauk Rapids penalty area only to be turned away by the Storm keeper in the closing seconds.
The Cardinals are 4-1-1 in the Central Lakes Conference going into a big week. They host St. Cloud Cathedral at 5 p.m. on Monday as part of a boys, girls doubleheader with the two programs. The Alexandria girls are at Moorhead on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before Brainerd comes to town at 7 p.m. on Thursday.