Local Roundup: Card boys soccer wins a thriller
ST. CLOUD — The Willmar Cardinals took a big step towards capturing the Central Lakes Conference title with a two-point victory over St. Cloud Apollo in a 3-2 overtime thriller.
A Cardinal attacker was dragged down in the box with just seconds remaining in the second overtime period to allow Vicente Cisneros to score a penalty kick, his second goal of the day, and secure the victory. It was Willmar's fifth win in a row.
Apollo took the 2-1 lead in the second half with a strike from Abdikarin Yussuf in the 55th minute but Willmar's Nasri Gemadid headed home a corner kick from Mohamed Aden in the 78th minute to tie the game and force overtime. The Cardinals, now 6-2 overall, hold a 5-0 CLC record including Tuesday's victory against Apollo which counts as two points towards the conference standings because the two teams only meet once this season.
"It was a fun game to coach and a big win for us," said Willmar head coach Jeff Winter. "I think we have about the same caliber team as we had last year. We're good enough to go back to (the State tournament)."
Willmar 3, SC Apollo 2 OT
Willmar (6-2, 5-0) 1 1 1 — 3
SCA (3-0-2, 3-0-1) 0 2 0 — 2
FIRST HALF — W: Vicente Cisneros (Blake Hisken) 8th minute
SECOND HALF — SC: Abdisadik Aiduras 45th minute ... SC: Abdikarin Yussuf (name not available) 55th minute ... W: Nasri Gemadid (Mohamed Aden) 78th minute
OVERTIME — W: Cisneros PK 90th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL — Willmar: 9 ...SC Apollo: 9
GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Zach Courtney 7 ... SC Apollo: Jose Pina 6
DEFENSIVE SAVES — none
SC Apollo 4, Willmar 2
The Willmar Cardinals felt the effects of Monday's overtime win in a Central Lakes Conference loss to St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday.
The Eagles' scored the first four goals of the match, including two from Karli Hiltner.
"You could definitely tell we played on overtime thriller (on Monday)," said Willmar head coach David Vinje. "Their legs were tired."
Kylie Halvorson got Willmar on the board in the 56th minute on a penalty kick and Hannah Johnson scored unassisted in the 66th minute.
The Cardinals' grueling schedule continues at Sartell at 5 p.m. Thursday. Willmar plays again on Saturday against Hutchinson in Willmar.
Willmar 0 2 — 2
SC Apollo 3 1 — 4
FIRST HALF — S: Sofie Streich 4th minute ... S: Jessica Timpane 18th minute ... S: Karli Hiltner 22nd minute
SECOND HALF — S: Hiltner 49th minute ... W: Kylie Halvorson 56th minute PK ... W: Hannah Johnson 66th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL — SC Apollo: 13 ... Willmar: 9
GOALIE SAVES — SC Apollo: Jazz Sidmore 7 ... Willmar: Laura Christianson: 9
DEFENSIVE SAVES — None
Graves wins Valley championship
Tom Graves shot a 45-hole total of 185 and edged Bill Iverson on the first playoff hole to win the Valley Golf Club Championship.
Iverson also played two rounds on Thursday and one on Friday, finishing with a 114 to win Valley's Senior Championship.
Carol Jasperson shot an 18-hole total of 94 to win the Women's Championship.
In the Championship Flight, Dustin Carlson shot 188 to finish third, Lane Kleist (194) was fourth, Dan Graves (196) was fifth and Russ Johnson (198) was sixth.
In the President's Flight, Kyler Kershner shot a 27-hole total of 114 to place first. Tyler Anderson (116) was second, Dave Helfinstine (120) was third, Jeff Nagel (123) at fourth and Dave Cram (124) was fifth.
In the First Flight, Mike Negan was first, followed by Lynn Rahn, Jeff Sawyer and Al Bjornberg.
In the Second Flight, Don Miller placed first, followed by Peter Miller-Russo, Dan Colehour and Dwayne Power.
In the Senior First Flight, Lynn Rahn placed first, followed by Gary Lingl, Loren Luschen and Jerry VanDenEinde.
In the Senior Second Flight, Jerry Negen placed first, followed by Dwayne Power, Lowell Myers and Larry Serbus.
In the Women's Championship Flight, Sue Minnehan shot 98 to place second behind Jasperson. Pam Mayer (102) was third and Loydene Bernhagen (108) was fourth.
Kelsey Waltz won the Women's First Flight and Lorna Bahl was second.
Jacobson tied for second at Mid-Am
Eagle Creek's Andy Jacobson shot a two-day total of 1-under 141 to tie for second in the 30th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship after Tuesday's second round played at the Southview Country Club in St. Paul.
Jacobson is tied with Scott Fenwick of the Southview course. Jesse Bull of the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, shot a 2-under 140 to lead by a stroke.
Eagle Creek's Danny Anderson shot 149 and is tied for 24th, making the cut set at 159.
The third and final round begins at 8 a.m. today.