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Boys soccer: Cards pound New Ulm 8-2

WILLMAR — Willmar’s offense opened up on a Section 2A opponent on Saturday, with Isaac Yoakum leading the way with four goals in an 8-2 win over New Ulm at Kennedy School.

Juan Contreras scored 2 goals and assisted on another, and Alex McLouth finished with a goal and two assists.

Christian Vallecillo scored a Cardinals’ goal, and he, Patrick Courtney and David Gomez each had an assist.

“We have six games in 10 days so it was nice to play a game like this that was less physical,” said Willmar head coach Jeff Winter. “It takes less of a toll on our players.”

The Cardinals improved to 8-4-1 and play Alexandria at 4 p.m. today at Kennedy. They play St. Cloud Tech at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Cloud State, and they wrap their conference schedule against Brainerd at home at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Willmar has outscored its last two opponents 15-2.

“It’s nice to get a couple of wins in a row, one a section game and another one in the conference (7-2 over Fergus Falls on Thursday),” Winter said. “It’s nice to peak at the right time.”

Willmar 8, New Ulm 2

New Ulm (9-3-1)                1 1 — 2

Willmar (8-4-1)   5 3 — 8

FIRST HALF – W: Isaac Yoakum (David Gomez) 5:00 … W: Juan Contreras, penalty kick, 7:00 … W: Yoakum (Alex McLouth) 22:00 … NU: Broderick Brown, penalty kick 23:00 … W: Yoakum (McLouth) 29:00 … W: McLouth (Contreras) 30:00

SECOND HALF – W: Christian Vallecillo (Nick Courtney) 44:00 … W: Yoakum (Vallecillo) 56:00 … NU: Justice Morschauser 66:00 … W: Contreras, penalty kick 75:00

SHOTS ON GOAL – New Ulm: 8 … Willmar: 21

GOALIE SAVES – New Ulm: William Rauh 13 … Willmar: Charlie Trochlil 6