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Girls Soccer: Willmar girls break scoreless drought but fall to Brainerd

Willmar senior forward Jennyfer Jimenez, right, maneuvers near midfield guarded by Brainerd’s Emma Whiteman in the second half Tuesday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals ended a four-match scoreless streak with a second-half goal in a lopsided 10-1 loss to the Brainerd Warriors in Central Lakes Conference girls soccer on Tuesday.

Willmar junior Alexis Becerra scored with a drive from 20 feet out, sailing the ball under the crossbar, 10:30 into the second half.

The Cardinals hadn’t scored since a 3-0 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake in the season opener on Aug. 22.

“Brainerd is very good and we’re so young,” said Cardinals coach Chelsea Brown. “We did play better the second half and it hurt a bit that we were missing Nicole Marshall, our top defender, due to illness.”

The Warriors’ Angela Lacy scored four times and Shayna Vastila three goals.

Willmar goalie Jordan Martins, in her fifth season as the varsity starter, was often left unprotected on Brainerd breakaways. She made 15 stops, some point blank.

Brainerd 10, Willmar 1

Willmar (0-3-1, 1-3-2)     0 1 —   0

Brainerd (3-0, 4-0-1)       7 3 — 10

BRAINERD GOALS – Shayna Vastila 3, Ally Smith 1, Hannah Johnson 1, Angela Lacy 4

WILLLMAR GOALS – Alexis Becerra

SHOTS ON GOAL – Brainerd: 25 … Willmar: 4

GOALIE SAVES – Brainerd: Heather Campbell 3 … Willmar: Jordan Martins 10

Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals ended a four-match scoreless streak with a second-half goal in a lopsided 10-1 loss to the Brainerd Warriors in Central Lakes Conference girls soccer on Tuesday.

Willmar junior Alexis Becerra scored with a drive from 20 feet out, sailing the ball under the crossbar, 10:30 into the second half.

The Cardinals hadn’t scored since a 3-0 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake in the season opener on Aug. 22.

“Brainerd is very good and we’re so young,” said Cardinals coach Chelsea Brown. “We did play better the second half and it hurt a bit that we were missing Nicole Marshall, our top defender, due to illness.”

The Warriors’ Angela Lacy scored four times and Shayna Vastila three goals.

Willmar goalie Jordan Martins, in her fifth season as the varsity starter, was often left unprotected on Brainerd breakaways. She made 15 stops, some point blank.

Brainerd 10, Willmar 1

Willmar (0-3-1, 1-3-2)     0 1 —   0

Brainerd (3-0, 4-0-1)       7 3 — 10

BRAINERD GOALS – Shayna Vastila 3, Ally Smith 1, Hannah Johnson 1, Angela Lacy 4

WILLLMAR GOALS – Alexis Becerra

SHOTS ON GOAL – Brainerd: 25 … Willmar: 4

GOALIE SAVES – Brainerd: Heather Campbell 3 … Willmar: Jordan Martins 10

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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