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Boys Soccer: Cards soar in shutout of Rocori

Willmar's Vicente Cisneros directs the ball toward the net with his head to score a goal in a win over Rocori on Tuesday. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 5
Willmar's Abdinasir Hassin competes for a loose ball against two Rocori players on Tuesday. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 5
Willmar's Gerson Maldonado-Garcia rises up for a header during Tuesday's game against Rocori. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 5
Willmar's Abdinasir Hasson is tripped up while going for a loose ball by a Rocori defender on Tuesday. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 5
Willmar's Abdinasir Hassan scores on a loose ball during Tuesday's game against Rocori. Curt Hogg / Tribune5 / 5

WILLMAR - So far, so good for the Willmar boys soccer team in Central Lakes Conference play.

Four different players found the back of the net for the Cardinals en route to a 4-0 win over Rocori on Tuesday at Hodapp Field in their conference opener.

Willmar dominated play from the opening whistle, but Rocori remained just one well-struck ball or lucky bounce away from tying the game throughout most of the second half.

A splendid header by Vicente Cisneros on a cross from Gerson Maldonado-Garcia scooted past frozen Spartans goalkeeper Caiden Hennen in the 65th minute to give Willmar a two-goal lead.

"Vicente got to a good spot and then had a really nice finish to make things a little easier," Cardinals head coach Jeff Winter said.

Maldonado-Garcia then tallied a goal of his own just three minutes later to effectively put the game away, and Kelvin Gomez-Padilla scored in the 70th minute to put the Cardinals up 4-0.

While Rocori was able to keep the game competitive until the final stretch of play, it was never able to put together a threatening attack against the Willmar defense.

Cardinals goalkeeper Zach Courtney posted a clean sheet, stopping all four of the Spartans' shots on goal. Willmar, meanwhile, put 16 shots on target.

"We did a good job of controlling the midfield today," Winter said.

Abdinasir Hassan broke a scoreless tie just before the end of the first half in the 39th minute, hammering home a loose ball in the six-yard box following a Cisneros header.

Cisneros also recorded an assist on Gomez-Padilla's goal to record two assists on the afternoon.

The Cardinals rebounded from a tough loss on Monday at Mound Westonka to improve to 2-2 on the season. Their next game comes on Thursday night at Brainerd.

Willmar 4, Rocori 0

Rocori (0-4)................. 0 0 — 0

Wilmar (2-2)................... 1 3 — 4

FIRST HALF — W: Abdinasir Hassan (Vicente Cisneros), 39th minute

SECOND HALF — W: Cisneros (Gerson Maldonado-Garcia) 65th minute; W: Maldonado-Garcia (Hassan), 68th minute; W: Kelvin Gomez-Padilla (Cisneros), 70th minute

SHOTS ON GOAL — Rocori 4, Willmar 16

GOALIE SAVES — Rocori: Caiden Hennen 12 ... Willmar: Zach Courtney 4

Curt Hogg

Curt Hogg is a sports reporter at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016.