The Alexandria boys soccer team ran into one of the best Class A programs in the state on Saturday afternoon and could not keep up with Bemidji.
The Cardinals (7-7-1) went on the road to face the Lumberjacks (11-2-1), a team that finished second at the state tournament a year ago. Bemidji has been dominant again this year, allowing just four goals all season. The Lumberjacks have 10 shutout wins, including their 8-0 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.
“(We) were shown a very organized and tactically proficient team during the entire match,” Alexandria head coach Brandon Johnson said.
As rain poured down on Bemidji Middle School, so did the goals for four Lumberjacks. Logan Mitchell, Ethan Mock, Silas Hess and Aidan Helwig all bagged two apiece.
The Cardinals got eight shots on goal, and goalie Ryan Meuwissen took on 23 shots in 80 minutes of play in goal for Alexandria.
“Another tough game against a great team,” Johnson said. “It was a great matchup and we are looking forward to meeting Bemidji again in our subsection final.”
Alexandria will wrap up the regular season on Monday on the road against Sartell-St. Stephen, but the Cardinals already know their playoff positioning. They were seeded third in the 8AA-North and will host a home playoff game on Thursday against either sixth-seeded Hillcrest Lutheran or seventh-seeded Fergus Falls.
The winner of that game goes to second-seeded Pelican Rapids on Saturday. Game times for these playoff games had not been determined yet by the morning of Oct. 7.