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Jason Groen, front, of Central Minnesota Christian heads the ball into the Willmar net off a corner kick for the Bluejays' lone goal Tuesday. Groen is being defended by Willmar's Josh Wright with goalie Steve Kluver in background. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar thumps CMCS

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WILLMAR -- In soccer, goals are like pearls -- each a small treasure.

They come along infrequently -- except when you're Abdinasir Abdi, Willmar's junior center-midfielder.

He scored three times in the space of 72 seconds as the Cardinals rejected an upset bid by Central Minnesota Christian 4-1 on Tuesday at Kennedy Elementary Field in a boys Section 2A soccer match.

"That was amazing," Abdi commented when asked of the successive strikes.

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