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Boys Soccer: Penalty kick downs Cardinals 1-0

Willmar goalie Charlie Trochlil dives to save a St. Cloud Apollo shot in the first half of a Central Lakes Conference match on Tuesday at Kennedy School. Apollo scored on a penalty kick in the second half and won 1-0. Tribune photo by Tom Larson1 / 2
Willmar’s David Gomez (20) tries to control the ball while holding off St. Cloud Apollo’s Sulaiman Sheikh, as Cardinals teammate Isaac Yoakum converges on the play during the first half of a Central Lakes Conference match on Tuesday at Kennedy School. Tribune photo by Tom Larson 2 / 2

WILLMAR — St. Cloud Apollo’s Aidan Sim-Campos scored the game’s only goal on a second-half penalty kick and the Willmar boys soccer team dropped its second 1-0 game to a Central Lakes Conference standout within a week.

Sim-Campos scored after Willmar was charged with a hand ball in the box in the 52nd minute on Tuesday at Kennedy School.

“Another 1-0 loss is starting to weigh heavy on us,” said Willmar head coach Jeff Winter, whose team lost 1-0 to CLC leader Sartell on Sept. 17. “But overall, I thought we played really well. It was a good, back-and-forth game.”

The Cardinals fell to 4-2-1 in the CLC and 7-3-1 overall. They play at CLC foe Fergus Falls at 5 p.m. Thursday, then return home for a key Section 2A match against New Ulm on Parents’ Day at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kennedy.

Both teams had solid scoring chances and the Cardinals narrowly missed scoring two tries in the first half.

Juan Contreras sent a shot just wide of Apollo goalie Alex Logeman, and Isaac Yoakum hit a shot that eluded Logeman but banged hard off the cross bar in the final moments of the first.

“I think if we would have been able to score there it would have changed the entire game,” Winter said.

The teams played a rough second half, which featured three of the game’s four yellow cards and a red card.

“It got a little wild in the second half,” Winter said. “We had our chances. We were playing right with them until the hand ball. It’s a bummer that a penalty kick was the difference in the game.”

Willmar goalie Charlie Trochlil made 13 stops and Logeman turned back 15.

St. Cloud Apollo 1, Willmar 0

St. Cloud Apollo (5-2-1, 8-3-1)........0 1 — 1

Willmar (4-2-1, 7-3-1)........0 0 — 0

FIRST HALF – No scoring

SECOND HALF – SCA: Aidan Sim-Campos 52nd (penalty kick)

SHOTS ON GOAL – St. Cloud Apollo: 14 … Willmar: 15

GOALIE SAVES – St. Cloud Apollo: Alec Logeman 15 … Willmar: Charlie Trochlil 13