Young nucleus grabs honors for Alexandria boys soccer

Colin Reilly earns MVP Award: "He showed up, worked hard, and played hard."

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Alexandria sophomore Jack Carlson looks for an opening against Sartell on Aug. 27, 2020. Carlson was named the Cardinals' most valuable forward this season and was an All-Central Lakes Conference player after leading the team in goals (4). (Photo by Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys soccer team has a group of sophomores and juniors who had to play big roles this past season, and Colin Reilly was a big part of that group as he was named the Cardinals’ overall MVP.

Reilly, a junior, joined sophomore Jack Carlson and junior Bjorn Karlstad as the three Alexandria players who were named All-Central Lakes Conference. Juniors Thomas Klecker and Ryan Meuwissen and senior Jaegar Steele were honorable-mention All-CLC players.

Colin Reilly / MVP

“Colin played his captain role well this year,” Alexandria head coach Brandon Johnson said of Reilly earning that team MVP honor. “He showed up, worked hard, and played hard. He was adaptable to the team’s needs. We had him play almost every position on the field in order to match the opponents’ weakness.”


Carlson earned the Most Valuable Forward Award on the team. Carlson had a team-high four goals, while adding an assist. Karlstad was named the defensive MVP, and Steele earned the award as the team’s most valuable midfielder.

Senior Tyler Zimmerman earned the Cardinals’ Most Improved Award, and Meuwissen brought home the Hardest Worker Award after his junior year in goal.

Ryan Meuwissen / Hardest Worker

The Cardinals finished the season with an overall record of 2-6-4. They were 1-4-3 in the Central Lakes Conference before winning a 4-0 playoff game against Detroit Lakes in the Section 8A Tournament. Alexandria almost knocked off top-seeded Pelican Rapids before falling 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 15.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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