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Willmar girls team earns third victory

WILLMAR - Senior striker Danika Sweazy scored both Willmar goals and keeper Callie Nelsen made 10 saves as the Willmar Cardinals defeated Little Falls 2-0 Monday at Hodapp Field in girls soccer.

WILLMAR - Senior striker Danika Sweazy scored both Willmar goals and keeper Callie Nelsen made 10 saves as the Willmar Cardinals defeated Little Falls 2-0 Monday at Hodapp Field in girls soccer.

The win avenged a 4-2 loss at Little Falls on Sept. 6. It also halted a four-match losing streak, all by shutout.

"This time we outplayed them," said Willmar coach Doug Rossum. "We beat them to the ball every time. It was by far out best game."

The Cardinals held the ball nearly continuously in the Flyers' zone the first half when they outshot the visitors in purple 11-2.

After several near misses, Sweazey scored at 30:44 of the first half with a solo burst out of midfield. Flyers' sweeper Jocelyn Januschka gave chase but couldn't overtake Sweazy before she punched a 25-footer from the right side. The ball found net between the near post and the outstretched arms of diving Little Falls' goalie Christy Sitzman.

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Sweazy hit a penalty kick seven minutes into the last half for insurance.

It was Willmar's third win, second in conference, and Nelsen's second shutout.

Willmar 2, Little Falls 0

Little Falls 0 0 - 0

Willmar (2-9, 3-11) 1 1 - 2

FIRST HALF - Wil: Danika Sweazy 30:44

SECOND HALF - Wil; Sweazy 47:00, penalty kick

Shots on goal - Little Falls: 2-8-10 ... Willmar: 11-11-22

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Goalie saves Little Falls: Christy Sitzman 10-10-20 ... Willmar: Callie Nelsen 2-8-12

NEXT - Willmar: Today at Sartell

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