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Local Roundup: Willmar soccer on to quarterfinals

Willmar's Blake Hisken puts a shot on net toward Big Lake goalkeeper Vicente DeLorenzo on Tuesday. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 6
Willmar's Mohamed Aden and Big Lake's Vicente DeLorenzo battle for a loose ball in the box on Tuesday. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 6
Willmar's Nassir Hassan finds the back of the net on Tuesday against Big Lake in Section 6A play. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 6
Willmar's Nassir Hassan waits for the ball to fall to him during a Section 6A game against Big Lake on Tuesday. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 6
Willmar's Blake Hisken follows through on a penalty kick goal in the first half against Big Lake on Tuesday. Curt Hogg / Tribune5 / 6
Curt Hogg / Tribune6 / 6

WILLMAR — Willmar boys soccer's win over Big Lake to open Section 6A play may not have been as dominant as head coach Jeff Winter would have wanted, but he was in no position to have any complaints.

"We looked up and down throughout the match," Winter said. "But you look back and see the six goals, a good job defensively and a win. A win's a win and you can't be upset about that."

The No. 3 Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will meet No. 6 Holy Family Catholic on Thursday at the Kennedy School field.

Willmar had an early goal disallowed after Abdi Nunow's strike was wiped off the scoreboard. The Big Lake bench vehemently contested the goal, arguing that the throw-in that led to Nunow's goal was wrongly given to Willmar. Following a lengthy discussion, the goal was rescinded.

"You're not really supposed to be able to rewind plays in soccer—once they happen, they happen," Winter said. "But it all turned out to be okay in the end."

There would be no controversy on this afternoon for the Cardinals, who are seeking their second consecutive trip to the state tournament.

Blake Hisken scored two first-half goals and assisted on a pair in the second half as Willmar outshot the Hornets 15-1.

"We'll work on finishing in the short time that we have between games, "Winter said. "You're happy with six goals on the day, but we left a couple more chances out there."

Nassir Hassan scored in the 12th minute to give the Cardinals their second 1-0 lead of the afternoon and Hisken would extend that advantage to 2-0 with a run right up the middle of the defense four minutes later.

Hisken punched in a penalty kick in the 32nd minute to put Willmar up 3-0 entering the half.

Mohamed Aden put the Cardinals ahead 4-0 in the 53rd minute and Hassan's second score of the contest.

Nunow got his retribution in the 66th minute with Willmar's sixth and final goal.

The Cardinals have not lost in 14 consecutive games, coming away with 13 wins and one tie in that stretch.

Willmar 6, Big Lake 0

Big Lake (4-11-1) 0 0 — 0

Willmar (14-2-1) 3 3 — 6

FIRST HALF — W: Nassir Hassan (Josh Curtiss) 12th minute W: Blake Hisken (Kelvin Gomez-Padilla) 16th minute W: Hisken (32nd minute)

SECOND HALF — W: Mohamed Aden (Hassan) 53rd minute; W: Hassan (Hisken) 62nd minute; W: Abdi Nunow (Hisken) 66th minute

SHOTS ON GOAL — Big Lake: 1 Willmar: 15

GOALIE SAVES — Big Lake: Vicente DeLorenzo 9 ... Willmar: Zach Courtney 1

DEFENSIVE SAVES — None

Cross Country

Granite Invitational

Willmar put up one of the best possible performances at the Granite Invitational Tuesday afternoon, winning both boys and girls divisions in a near sweep.

The girls won with a mere 17 points as all five runners finished in the top six including Heidi Schmitz who won with a time of 18:23.42. Her closest competitor was teammates Serena Monson (18:44.28) and Leah Hansen (18:52.02) who took second and third place. Addison Hogan was the sixth runner for the Cardinals and still finished in seventh place.

Willmar boys were almost as dominant with 22 points in the victory. Hudeife Mire crossed the finish line first with a 16:10.8. He had two other teammates (Mason Wendt and Muyhadin Mohamed) finish in the top five and all five runners finished in the top-eight.

Boys

Team scoring

(1) Willmar 22 (2) St. Cloud Apollo 65 (3) Little Falls 88 (4) Sartell 92 (5) Rogers 153 (6) St. Cloud Cathedral 188 (7) Duluth East 189 (8) Brainerd 201 (9) St. Cloud Tech 206 (10) Virginia 282

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Hudeife Mire, Will, 16:10.8 (2) Mason Wendt, Will, 16:22.7 (3) Hunter Zupko, Little Falls, 16:37.40 (4) Biel Wiel, SCA, 16:45.66 (5) Muyhadin Mohamed, Will, 16:46.65

WILLMAR — (1) Mire (2) Wendt (5) Mohamed (6) Aden Aden 16:52.4 (8) Fuad Bashir 16:56.3 (10) Weston Hansen 16:57.6 (11) Harley Anez 16:57.6

Girls

Team scoring

(1) Willmar 17 (2) Sartell 66 (3) Duluth East 79 (4) Brainerd 101 (5) Rogers 135 (6) St. Cloud Tech 168 (7) St. Cloud Apollo 178 (8) St. Cloud Cathedral 203 (9) Little Falls 226

Individual

TOP FIVE — (1) Heidi Schmitz, Will, 18:23.42 (2) Serena Monson, Wil, 18:44.28 (3) Leah hansen, Will, 18:52.02 (4) Ingrid Buiceag-Arama, Sartell, 18:54.55 (5) Nina Dawson, Will, 19:20.88

WILLMAR — (1) Schmitz (2) Monson (3) Hansen (5) Dawson (6) Elsie Duininck 19:35.6 (7) Addison Hogan 19:39.5

NA3HL Hockey

Willmar drops two

The Willmar WarHawks scored early in Sunday's matinee matchup against the La Crosse Freeze but it didn't last as the Freeze completed a comeback with a goal early in overtime to take a 4-3 win.

Sunday's final score gave the WarHawks, now 3-2-1 for second place in the West Division, the lone point of the three game weekend.

Laudon Poellinger notched his third goal of the season for La Crosse just 35 seconds into the overtime period to earn the victory.

"We just lacked some discipline in some key moments," Willmar head coach Chris Blaisuis said, noting the team's five penalties.

It was a power play goal that tied the game in third period following a Cameron Pries tripping penalty. Keation Caplis converted on the power play for the Freeze to tie the game at three 5:01 into the third period.

The WarHawks' penalty kill negated four of five penalties but it was Caplis' goal, the fourth of five penalties, that forced overtime.

Braden Shea put the WarHawks ahead just 1:33 into the game with assists from linemates Peyton Bolstad and Max Oelkers. Pries followed that effort up with a power play goal just three minutes later and assisted on the team's third goal of the game. The WarHawks went 1-for-1 on the power play.

In net, Brady Anderson received the overtime loss, allowing the one goal he faced in the extra period despite making 26 stops throughout the day. Jacob Silverstein stopped 33 shots for the Freeze.

The WarHawks will take on reigning NA3HL Silver Cup champions Granite City in a home-and-home series starting Friday in Sauk Rapids. The home opener against the Lumberjacks is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center.

La Crosse 4, Willmar 3 OT

Willmar 2 0 1 0 — 3

La Crosse 0 2 1 1 — 4

FIRST PERIOD — Willmar: Braden Shea (Peyton Bolstad, Max Oelkers) 1:33 ... Willmar: Cameron Pries (James Boisvert, Jacob Takashima) PP 4:45

SECOND PERIOD — La Crosse: Brock Zukowski (Nathan marquardt, Alex Seeger) 11:37 ... La Crosse: Brandon Ratzloff (Jacob Garman) 18:23

THIRD PERIOD — Willmar: Keegan Bauman (Pries, Zach Martin) 1:14 ... La Crosse: Keation Caplis (Seeger, Zukowski) 5:01 PP

OVERTIME — La Crosse: Laudon Poellinger (Jacob Silverstein) 0:35

GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Brady Anderson (L) 26 ... La Crosse: Silverstein (W) 30

Saturday's Score

La Crosse 5, Willmar 2

La Crosse's Clayton Lackey netted a hat trick as the Freeze defeated the WarHawks 5-2.

It was a tough debut for Willmar goaltender Logan Larock who allowed four goals on 12 shots in 26 minutes of play. Brady Anderson replaced Larock in the second period and stopped 22 of 23 shots faced.

The WarHawks scored a pair of goals on the power play on five attempts.

Willmar 1 0 1 — 2

La Crosse 2 2 1 — 5

FIRST PERIOD — La Crosse: Brandon Ratzloff (Jacob Garman) 7:46 ... Willmar: Keegan Bauman (Zach Martin, Jacob Takashima) PP 17:39 ... La Crosse: Clayton Lackey 18:51

SECOND PERIOD — La Crosse: Garman 2:29 ... La Crosse: Lackey (Alex Seeger) PP 6:01

THIRD PERIOD — Willmar: Wyatt Toll (Max Oelkers, Jordan Cooper) PP 6:28 ... La Crosse: Lackey 15:53

GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Logan Larock (L) 8, Brady Anderson 22 ... La Crosse: William Graves 30

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