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Willmar's Landon Peterson, left, goes head-to-head with the Eagles Pieter Van Den Ven in the first half Friday in the Section 2A boys soccer final. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar tops SW Christian 1-0 for school's first-ever state soccer berth


WILLMAR -- In an election year, Willmar boys soccer elected to do something special.

"All they need to know is that we're going to state," chirped senior James Neis in the aftermath of Willmar's 1-0 victory over visiting Southwest Minnesota Christian on Friday.

The Section 2A championship trophy is a first for Willmar soccer -- boys or girls. The Cardinals' girls team barely missed the honor less than 24 hours earlier, losing a shootout at Albert Lea.

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