Girls soccer: Cardinals win season opener
WILLMAR — Head coach Chelsea Brown couldn’t have been happier about the Willmar girls soccer team’s start on Thursday.
Goalie Laura Christenson, an eighth-grader, also played well in her varsity debut, Brown said.
“Coming into the season, we knew we had a special chemistry with these girls,” Brown said. “They all played well in summer soccer and they’ve adapted to our new formation and being more offensive-minded.”
Schneider scored on an assist from Hannah Schirm, and Lindgren and Sankey both scored unassisted in the second half.
The Cardinals defense also played a strong game, Brown said.
“(Cathedral) is a good passing team and we shut them down,” she said.
Christenson needed to turn away two shots but one was a penalty kick.
“She’s good,” Brown said. “She’s the real deal.”
The season is long and much can change, but Brown said she’s confident heading into Saturday’s 11 a.m. game at Mankato Loyola.
“The future is looking bright for Willmar girls soccer,” she said.
Willmar 3, St. Cloud Cathedral 0
SC Cathedral (0-1) 0 0 — 0
Willmar (1-0) 1 2 — 3
FIRST HALF – W: Shelby Schneider (Hannah Schirm)
SECOND HALF – W: Ingrid Lindgren … W: Jordan Sankey
SHOTS – St. Cloud Cathedral 2 … Willmar 8
GOALIE SAVES – St. Cloud Cathedral: 5 … Willmar: Laura Christenson 2