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Cougars spill Cards boys team in opener

MANKATO -- Willmar played a good game but was unable to score and fell to Mankato East 3-0 on Saturday, the Cardinals' season opener.

The game was physical in what has become an intense rivilry among the Section 2A opponents.

"We played quite well, especially in the second half," said head coach Jeff Winter. "We generated some offense after intermission and played more as a team."

Freshmen Joaquin Espinoza stopped seven shots in the Willmar cage.

Mankato E. 3, Willmar 0

Willmar 0 0 -- 0

Mankato East 2 1 -- 3

FIRST HALF - ME: Brandon Welter 8:00

SECOND HALF - ME: Albert Podshivaylov, free kick, 30:00 ... ME: Mahad Mohamed 69:00

SHOTS ON GOAL - Willmar: 9 ... Mankato East: 13

GOALIE SAVES - Mankato East: Brodie Ziegler 9 ... Willmar: Joaquin Espinoza 7 ... Defensive saves: Ceser Jimenez 1, Handerson Tevalan 1, Joe Leuze 1