Scoring on the Alexandria girls soccer team has proved almost impossible through the first month of the season.
The Cardinals (8-2-1, 4-1-1 Central Lakes Conference) are cruising after a Monday-night win over St. Cloud Cathedral (4-2). It was another shutout, the seventh of the year for freshman keeper Sophia Vinje and this defense, as Alexandria prevailed in a 3-0 contest.
“We are really pleased with the way the girls are playing,” Alexandria head coach Tom Roos said. “They are showing a better understanding of building up and attacking as a team. Our team defense is also progressing. We hope that when playoffs come, we are a well-rounded and deep team that has a chance to go a ways.”
The defense again made life easy for Vinje, who needed to make just three saves.
Senior midfielder Sidney Drew got the offense going five minutes into the game after receiving a pass from Hadlee Hanson. St. Cloud’s defense made the initial stop on a Drew shot, but Drew pressured the Crusaders into a turnover and scored from 12 yards out.
“The nicest goal of the game, and maybe our season, came with five minutes left in the half,” Roos said of the following goal that made it 2-0. “A build up and combination from Allie Randazzo, to Anna Zwilling, to Camille Hegstad allowed Camille to get a strong shot off from 15 yards out. The shot required a diving save from the Cathedral goalkeeper and Kamryn Caouette was there to put away the rebound.”
The half ended with Cathedral getting a rare scoring opportunity that was snuffed out by Vinje with a diving stop. Hegstad put the finishing touches on the win in the second half with a goal as Drew set her up with a pass behind the Crusaders’ defense.
Alexandria will now head to Moorhead on Tuesday night at 7 to play the Spuds, a 6-3 team out of Class AA. The final regular-season home game is on Thursday night at 7 in a big contest with Brainerd. The Warriors are 5-2 overall and 5-0 in the CLC.