Boys Soccer: Willmar blanks Alexandria
WILLMAR - Blake Hisken found the back of the net twice and Zach Courtney delivered a clean sheet as Willmar downed Alexandria 3-0 for its third straight win on Tuesday at the Kennedy School pitch.
Still undefeated in Central Lakes Conference play at 3-0, Willmar will hit the road to take on St. Cloud Tech on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Willmar's Cardinals were in control throughout the contest, owning possession at midfield and significantly limiting the Alexandria Cardinals' chances.
Hisken broke through in the 20th minute to open the scoring on an assist from Cole Monson.
The Cardinals would take a 2-0 lead into halftime in the 33rd minute when a left-foot strike by Vicente Cisneros found its way past Alexandria goalkeeper Zach Wosepka.
Cisneros repaid the favor in the second half with an assist on Hisken's second goal in the 61st minute. Cisneros knocked down a free kick with his chest and passed it right to Hisken's feet and he found the corner of the goal to put Willmar up 3-0 in the 61st minute.
Alexandria's threats were spaced out throughout the game, but Courtney stepped up whenever they came. With six saves, it was the goalkeeper's second clean sheet in the team's last three games.
Willmar 3, Alexandria 0
Alexandria (3-2) 0 0 — 0
Willmar (4-2) 2 1 — 1
FIRST HALF — W: Blake Hisken (Cole Monson) 20th minute; W: Vicente Cisneros (Hisken) 33rd minute
SECOND HALF — W: Hisken (Cisneros) 61st minute
SHOTS ON GOAL — Alexandria 6, Willmar 12
GOALIE SAVES — Alexandria: Zach Wosepka 9 ... Willmar: Zach Courtney 6
DEFENSIVE SAVES — None
Alexandria 1, Willmar 0
A tight battle of the Cardinals could have gone either way on Tuesday night, but it was Alexandria that came away with a 1-0 win over Willmar.
Bryton Carlson made eight saves for Willmar, but it wasn't enough as a first-half goal from Josie Minnerath was the difference.
Willmar scored a pair of goals that were waved off for offside calls.
Shots on goal were close, as Alexandria held a slight 9-7 advantage.
Willmar 0 0 — 0
Alexandria 1 0 — 1
FIRST HALF — A: Josie Minnerath
SECOND HALF — None
SHOTS ON GOAL — Willmar 7, Alexandria 9
GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Bryton Carlson 8 ... Alexandria: Sophia Vinje
DEFENSIVE SAVES — Yamileth Jimenez 1