Boys Soccer: Ahmend scores twice; Willmar stymies Alex
WILLMAR -- Despite playing on consecutive days, the Willmar offense continued to perform well, outkicking Alexandria 3-1 in a Central Lakes Conference boys soccer match on Tuesday.
Abshir Ahmend scored twice for the Cardinals (6-4, 8-5), both on assists from Abdinasir Abdi.
Badal Ali scored the opening goal for Willmar, just 1:24 into the match on a free kick from 25 yards out.
Willmar made it 2-0 at 30:33 when Ahmend scored from 15 yards out and padded its lead to 3-0 in the second half on Ahmend's header from from seven yards out.
Willmar blanked Sartell 4-0 on Monday.
"Our midfield play has really improved the last week," said Willmar coach Richard Courtney. "In this match, Trent Fader was strong at defensive center. Sweeper Josh Wright and goalie Steve Kluver also had a strong match."
Willmar 3, Alexandria 1
Alexandria 0 1 -- 1
Willmar 2 1 -- 3
FIRST HALF - Wil: Badal Ali (unassisted),1:24 ... Wil: Abshir Ahmend (Abdinasir Abdi), 30:33
SECOND HALF - Wil: Ahmend (Abdi), (41:55) ... Alx: Kevin Defautelf 53:00, pk
Shots on goal - Alexandria: 12 ... Willmar: 19
Goalie saves - Alexandria: Scott Hennen 16 ... Willmar: Steve Kluver 11
CMCS 3, SJ Prep 1
Logan Erickson scored twice in the first half with both goals being assisted by Jason Groen and Brandon Van Der Puy scored on a penalty kick in the second half to help Central Minnesota Christian earn its second win of the season.
St. John's Prep 0 1 -- 1
CMCS 2 1 -- 3
FIRST HALF - CMCS: Logan Erickson (Jason Groen) 13:00 ... CMCS: Erickson (Groen) 26:00
SECOND HALF - CMCS: Brandon Van Der Puy (penalty kick) 50:00 ... SJP: Taku Nuriyama (unassisted) 55:00
Shots on goal - St. John's Prep: 7 ... Central Minnesota Christian: 8
Goalie saves - St. John's Prep: Tyler Strowbridge 4 ... Central Minnesota Christian: Tyler Beekman 6