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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


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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