Boys Soccer: Willmar edges Warriors to extend unbeaten streak to five
BAXTER — Nick McLouth scored in the first minute and the Willmar defense, front of goalie Charlie Trochlil, made it hold up as the Willmar Cardinals jarred the Brainerd Warriors 1-0 on Tuesday.
It was the first loss after three wins in the Central Lakes Conference for the host team. Willmar jumped to 2-0-1.
The Cards outshot the Warriors 17 to 12.
Willmar coach Jeff Winter pointed to the play of the four defenders as a key: Jaden Wright, Brady Damhof, Charlie Hopman and Jordi Lopez.
Brainerd kicked off, but Willmar soon won the ball and almost immediately received a free kick. Teza Harrison lofted the ball into the box into a scrum but the ball bounced free to McLouth with his back to the Brainerd goal; he spun, shot and scored.
“I thought we outplayed them 85 percent of the time,” said Winter. “We were patient with the ball in our zone and got the ball to the midfielders instead of long kicks.”
Trochlil’s 12 saves including smothering a penalty kick in the first half.
Willmar 1, Willmar 0
Willmar(2-0-1, 4-1-1) 1 0 — 1
Brainerd (3-1, 3-3)) 0 0 — 0
FIRST HALF – Wil: Nick McLouth (teza Harrison) 1;00
SECOND HALF – no scoring
SHOTS ON GOAL – Willmar: 17 … Brainerd: 12
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Charlie Trochlil … Brainerd: Joseph Anderholm