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Girls soccer: Cards, Eagles tie 0-0

Tribune photo by Tom Larson Willmar defender Morgan Glup, right, tries to control the ball under pressure from St. Cloud Apollo’s Christine Stephanie during the first half of the Cardinals’ Central Lakes Conference match against the Eagles on Thursday at Kennedy School.

WILLMAR — The Cardinals nearly accomplished something Thursday they’ve never done in the 14-year history of girls varsity soccer at Willmar: beat St. Cloud Apollo.

Senior goalie Jordan Martins and her Willmar teammates didn’t allow the Eagles to score, but the Cardinals never found the back of the net either as the teams played to a 0-0 tie, even after two extra periods.

“We usually lose a lot to them, but we did well today,” said Willmar coach Chelsea Brown. “It was pretty equal in the first half and we then turned up the heat when needed in the second half.”

The visiting Eagles (0-2-1) outshot Willmar 9-5, but the Cardinal defense didn’t allow Apollo to get a shot on goal in the two five-minute overtime periods.

“Willmar dominated the two overtimes,” added Brown. “We had two shots on goal in the first overtime and both were outside the 18-yard box, something that’s pretty extraordinary in girls soccer.”

Senior forward Jenny Jimenez and junior forward Shelby Schneider had the last two shots on goal for Willmar, which managed to fire off only four shots in the 80 minutes of regulation.

Brown also said that heat was a definite factor — the heat index in the opening minutes of the match was in the low 90s — and that junior “Steph Thompson played forward and center-mid for us and she played out of her mind. She was a leader on offense.”

The Cardinals (1-0-1) have just one day off before heading south to play at Section 2A rival Worthington (0-2) Saturday. The match is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m.

Willmar’s last 0-0 tie was also at home, Aug. 27, 2011, against Mankato East.

Willmar 0, SC Apollo 0

SC Apollo (0-2-1)               0 0 0 0 — 0

Willmar (1-0-1)   0 0 0 0 — 0

FIRST HALF – no scoring

SECOND HALF – no scoring

FIRST OVERTIME – no scoring

SECOND OVERTIME – no scoring

SHOTS ON GOAL – SCA: 9 … Willmar: 6

GOALIE SAVES – SCA: Iisa Sobe 5 … Willmar: Jordan Martins 9

DEFENSIVE SAVES – Hannah Staska, SCA, 1