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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Willmar forward Nick McLouth, right, and Mankato East’s Brandon Sloniker vie for a loose ball during a Section 2A playoff game on Thursday at Kennedy School in Willmar. The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and neither team scored in overtime. But East prevailed by winning a shootout 5-4.

Boys soccer: Mankato East stuns Cardinals in shootout


WILLMAR — The Willmar boys soccer team and Mankato East couldn’t have played a closer game.

Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie, neither team scored in overtime and the Cougars advanced in the Section 2A playoffs Thursday with a 2-1 victory, thanks to a 5-4 edge in the deciding shootout on a nearly dark Kennedy School field.

The Cardinals finished a solid season 10-5-2.

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Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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