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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar defender Jordan Sankey, left, rushes the ball with St. Cloud Tech junior midfielder Marren Pfannenstein closing during the second half on Tuesday at the Kennedy Pitch in Willmar.

Girls soccer: Cards tie Tech kickers

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WILLMAR — Willmar played one of their best games of the year before settling for a 2-2 tie with St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday in Central Lakes Conference girls soccer.

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“We showed up today,” said Chelsea Brown, Willmar’s head coach. “We dominated overtime.”

Tech, one of the better teams in the conference, outshot the Cards 13-8, but Willmar got a great game from keeper Jordan Martins (11 saves).

“She had a fabulous stop in the first half when she punched a hard shot over the cross bar,” Brown said.

Steph Thompson, from Alexis Becerra, put the home team up 1-0 in the first 3 minutes. After Tech tied it early in the second half, Shelby Schneider took a pass from Thompson to got up 2-1 47 minutes into the game. The Tigers tied it with 1:32 left.

Willmar is at Brainerd on Thursday and in Alexandria for a 2 p.m. start on Saturday.

Seeding for Section 2A is today.

Willmar 2, SC Tech 2

SC Tech (5-3-1, 5-6-2)      0 2 0— 2

Willmar (0-7-2, 2-8-3)       1 1 0— 2

FIRST HALF – Wil: Steph Thompson (Alexis Becerra) 2:00 

SECOND HALF – SCT: Marren Pfannenstein 2:58 …. Wil: Shelby Schneider (Thompson) 7:00 … SCT: Emily Dorn 38:28 s

SHOTS ON GOAL – St. Cloud Tech: 13 … Willmar: 8

GOALIE SAVES – St. Cloud Tech: Mackenzie Fenny  … Willmar: Jordan Martins

DEFENSIVE SAVES – Nicole Marshall, Mikayla Johannes

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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