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Tribune photos by Rand Middleton Willmar freshman midfielder David Gomez and his brother Ezequiel Gomez (11), a junior attacker, advance on the Marshall goal in the second half in the company of Marshall defenders Abdi Absiya, left, Ayub Awale and Megan Vogt on Tuesday in Willmar.

Boys soccer: Cards top Tigers in OT


WILLMAR -- Just as the sun set, Junior Becerra pulled the curtain on the Marshall soccer season.

The game's only goal came 18 minutes into the 20-minute overtime, eliminating the Tigers from the Section 2A playoffs, 1-0 on Tuesday at the Kennedy field in Willmar.

Becerra's swift kick from an extreme angle on the right wing went across the goal mouth and inside the opposite post. A similar boot had hit the near post and bounced wide 30 seconds into the overtime.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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