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Local Roundup: Action-packed draw

Willmar's Mohamed Aden hits a corner kick in Thursday's regular season finale against St. Cloud Tech at Kennedy Elementary School Field. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 5
Willmar goalkeeper dives to try and make a save as Josh Curtiss (5) clears the ball off the line in the second half of Thursday's regular season finale against St. Cloud Tech at Kennedy Elementary School Field. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 5
Willmar's Blake Hisken gets a leg on the ball in the box in Thursday's regular season finale against St. Cloud Tech at Kennedy Elementary School Field. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 5
Willmar's Blake Hisken lines up a shot in Thursday's regular season finale against St. Cloud Tech at Kennedy Elementary School Field. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 5
Willmar's Vicente Cisneros eyes a free kick drift into the box in Thursday's regular season finale against St. Cloud Tech at Kennedy Elementary School Field. Jake Schultz / Tribune5 / 5

WILLMAR — To the unaccustomed fan, a 0-0 draw in soccer can be one of the most boring sporting events. Thursday's regular season finale between Central Lakes Conference rivals Willmar and St. Cloud Tech, however, was about as action-packed as a scoreless match can be.

The Cardinals and Tigers each tallied eight shots on target but neither team was able to break onto the scoresheet.

Willmar held possession for a large chunk of the first half and had one of the best opportunities in the match with seconds remaining in the second overtime when Blake Hisken drilled a breakaway shot just wide.

Though neither team was able to score, Willmar head coach Jeff Winter said he's happy with how his Cardinals performed.

"The defenses played outstanding," Winter said. "We had a couple passes that they just got a foot on and we did the same to them. The guys left everything out there. I don't think we could have done anymore than we did."

The draw caps an undefeated CLC schedule and adds to a 13 match unbeaten streak. Willmar's last loss came Aug. 28 against Mound Westonka and gave the Cardinals their first losing record (1-2) in quite some time.

"When we were 1-2, I was doing a little soul-searching," Winter said. "But we didn't need to change anything. We just needed a few pieces to come back. I did not expected us to bounce back the way we have. It's been really fun to coach, they've done a great job. I think it says a lot about heart, determination and perseverance."

Willmar now waits for the Section 6A seeding process to take place on Sunday. The Cardinals are currently second in the QRF rankings in their section behind Orono (10-1-2).

"I'd feel probably a little better if we won but this was a wake up call," Winter said. "When you have a long win streak like that you can get complacent. It's a bit of a gut check. Nothing is a gimme. Anybody can beat anybody."

Willmar 0, SC Tech 0

SC Tech (10-3-3)................. 0 0 0 — 0

Willmar (13-2-1)................... 0 0 0— 0

FIRST HALF — no goals scored

SECOND HALF — no goals scored

OVERTIME — no goals scored

SHOTS ON GOAL — St. Cloud Tech: 8 ... Willmar: 8

GOALIE SAVES — St. Cloud Tech: Nathan Hilbert 8 ... Willmar: Zach Courtney 8

DEFENSIVE SAVES — Willmar: Josh Curtiss 1

Girls Soccer

SC Tech 2, Willmar 1

Hannah Johnson scored on a Madison Rademacher cross in the ninth minute, but two late goals by St. Cloud Tech snapped Willmar's four-game winning streak.

The match wrapped up the Cardinals regular season. They will find out their postseason seeding fate on Sunday night.

Willmar (7-6-2)................. 1 0 — 1

St. Cloud Tech (8-5-3)................... 0 2 — 2

FIRST HALF — W: Hannah Johnson (Madison Rademacher) 9th minute

SECOND HALF — S: Name not available 72nd minute; S: Name not available 88th minute

SHOTS ON GOAL — W: 10 S: 12

GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Laura Christenson 10 ... St. Cloud Tech: 9


Girls Tennis

Becker 4, Willmar 3

Willmar's playoff run came to an unexpected end Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 defeat to Becker.

The Bulldogs won all three doubles matches by a close margin and earned a three-set victory at No. 4 singles to seal the deal.

Julia Bengston and Ally Kangas had one of the tightest matches for the Bulldogs, winning 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 3 doubles.

Willmar's individuals will compete Friday, starting at 9 a.m. in Sartell.


(1) Cayle Hovland, W, def. Anna Ritchie 6-0 6-0 (2) Jordyn Swoboda, W, def. Taylor Pawlicki, 6-4 6-2 (3) Lydia Morrell, W, def. Courtney Nuest 6-2 6-3 (4) Blair Pappenfus, B, def. Chloe Hansen 2-6 7-5 6-3


(1) Hannah Bengtson/Megan Nelson, B, def. Olivia Corneil/Ashley Prahl 6-3 7-5 (2) Alaya Lindquist/Payton Bernstrom, B, def. Makenna Hogan/Kirah Kessler-Gross 2-6 6-3 6-3 (3) Julia Bengston/Ally Kangas, B, def. Mady Spenser/Alyssa Morrell 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-6 (7-5)

Willmar 7, Sartell 0

Willmar opened up the Section 8AA tournament with a strong 7-0 victory to beat Sartell.

Cayle Hovland, Jordyn Swoboda and Lydia Morrell handled their competition with ease, winning 6-0, 6-0 in the first three singles matches.


(1) Cayle Hovland, W, def. Sadie Bauman 6-0 6-0 (2) Jordyn Swoboda, W, def. Kelli Loscheider 6-0 6-0 (3) Lydia Morrell, W, def. Sydney Cline 6-0 6-0 (4) Chloe Hansen, W, def. Megan Alderink 6-3 6-3


(1) Olivia Corneil/Ashley Prahl, W, def. Kiley Rodarmel/Margaret Kulus 6-3 6-2 (2) Makenna Hogan/Kirah Kessler-Gross, W, def. Isabel Gugger/Emily Domres 6-1 6-1 (3) Mady Spenser/Alyssa Morrell, W, def. Grace McCabe/Elizabeth Crandall 6-4 6-0

Litchfield 7, BBE 0

Top-seeded Litchfield kicked off the Section 5A tournament with a lopsided victory over BBE.

The Dragons won all but one match by a 6-0, 6-0 scoreline.


(1) Shanna Kinny, L, def. Mallory Bents 6-0 6-0 (2) Elise Bierbuam, L, def. Sarah Schmitz 6-0 6-0 (3) Natalie Nelson, L, def. McKenzie Thieschafer 6-0 6-0 (4) Alanis Thesenvitz, L, def. Veronica Jackson 6-0 6-0


(1) Laney Huhner/Avery Stilwell, L, def. Kimberly Terhaar/Amanda Feldman 6-0 6-0 (2) Vaida Behnke/Neriah Lara, L, def. Chandler TeBrake/Paige Prentice 6-0 6-0 (3) Alyssa Ross/Taylar Smith, L, def. Olivia Thieschafer 6-1 6-0

NLS 6, St. John's Prep 1

New London-Spicer opened up the Section 5A tournament with a commanding win over St. John's Prep.

Ava Hanson helped set the tone at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 victory but it was the doubles portion of the match that went all NLS' way. Each doubles match had a 6-0 victory.


(1) Ava Hanson, N, def. Annie Ellis 6-1 6-2 (2) Anna Zheng, S, def. Shea Oman 6-4 7-5 (3) April Groff, N, def. Regan Mies 6-1 6-4 (4) Ruby Parson, N, def. Sandra Riedl 6-0 6-1


(1) Izzy Schmiesing/Erin Loterbauer, N, def. Miranda Curnutt/Maura Cofell 6-0 6-1 (2) Annika Spors/Suzanne Schneider, N, def. Sami Severnak/Vicky Zhu 6-1 6-0 (3) Taylor Barber/Alex Suchy, N, def. Adrienne Gefre/Lucy Cheeley 6-0 6-4

Montevideo 5, LQPV/DB 2

Montevideo took down Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 5-2.

The Thunder Hawks won all but No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, each of which went three sets.


(1) Kori Douglas, M, def. Ashley Oie 6-3 6-2 (2) Anna Hacker, L, def. Susie Wamstad 2-6 6-3 11-9 (3) Erica Loose, M, def. Gionna Parsa 6-2 6-2 (4) Lauren Kluver, M, def. Katelyn Wittnebel 6-0 6-1


(1) Molly Hacker/Jessica Sigdahl, L, def. Andrea Loose/Alissa Eickhof 4-6 6-2 10-6 (2) Taylor Knutson/Emily Brace, M, def. Addi Oie/Rachel Halvorson 6-1 6-2 (3) Hannah Cushing/Cassidy Rustman, M, def. Bree Kallhoff/Veda Maharaj 6-4 6-1

Swimming & Diving

Willmar 85, St. Cloud Apollo 63

Willmar won eight events as the Cardinals grabbed the fourth win in a row Thursday night.

Moira Revier and Amanda Mathisen each won three events including the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — (1) Willmar (Moira Revier, Edyn Saulsbury, Anna Peterson, Amanda Mathisen) 2:10.00 (3) Willmar (Natalie Arends, Adia Laidlaw, Idella Miller, Josie Miller) 2:15.69

200 FREESTYLE — (1) Allie Evink, Will, 2:19.56 (2) Ava Brogren, Will, 2:20.52

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — (1) Saulsbury, Will, 2:37.65 (2) Miller, Will, 2:42.79 (3) Avery Welsh, Will, 2:44.16

50 FREESTYLE — (1) Mathiasen, Will, 26.96 (5) Anna Peterson, Will, 28.98

DIVING — (1) Erica Schramm, Will, 238.30 (2) Olivia Welsh, Will, 207.95 (3) Maddie Stoeberl, Will, 190.05

100 BUTTERFLY — (1) Revier, Will, 1:10.29 (2) Grace Vierhuf, Will, 1:17.09 (3) Welsh, Will, 1:19.43

100 FREESTYLE — (1) Elizabeth Weitzel, SCA, 58.72 (2) Saulsbury, Will, 59.59 (3) Miller, Will, 1:00.69 (5) Qiana Jones, Will, 1:04.86

500 FREESTYLE — (1) Evink, Will, 6:10.14 (2) Ava Brogren, Will, 6:16.47

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) Willmar (Welsh, Idella Miller, Revier, Mathiasen) 1:49.78 (3) Willmar (Evink, Brogren, Jones, Hernandez) 1:55.57

100 BACKSTROKE — (1) Caylan Guse, SCA, 1:32.64

100 BREASTSTROKE — (1) Rachel Warner, SCA, 1:23.16

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — (1) St. Cloud Apollo 4:51.06