The Alexandria boys soccer team gave the Section 8A North’s top seed a huge scare in the quarterfinals on Thursday night, but Pelican Rapids persevered and put away the game winner in sudden-death overtime.
The Vikings (9-2) won 2-1 but had to rally from a 1-0 deficit in the first half. Alexandria got on the board first when Colin Reilly sent a direct free kick inside the six-yard box as Jack Carlson went up and sent home a header in the 31st minute.
Pelican Rapids answered back eight minutes later to send the game into halftime in a 1-1 tie.
“Both teams fought hard and (our) defense took a beating but kept their back line strong and balanced, allowing (us) to stay in the match,” Alexandria head coach Brandon Johnson said of the first half.
The two teams played through the final 40 minutes with no goals to show for it. That sent the teams into overtime, and in the 86 minute of play, the Cardinals had to play a man down due to a red card being issued as a result of two yellow cards.
“(We) adjusted (our) play in hopes to make it to the end of the two, 10-minute overtime halves,” Johnson said. “Sadly, the Vikings were able to secure the game-winning goal in the 97th minute.”
The Alexandria boys wrapped up their season at 2-6-4 overall.
“Although the record doesn't show it, this team has shown an immense amount of grit and the ability to grind through anything put in front of them,” Johnson said. “These young men are truly exceptional and a great representation of our school and our community.”