WILLMAR — Junior midfielder Kelvin Gomez Padilla notched a hat trick while junior goalkeeper Leighton Winter earned a clean sheet, as the Willmar boys soccer team collected a 3-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over Alexandria on Tuesday from Hodapp Field.

With the victory, the host Cardinals snapped a three-match losing streak and improved its record to 3-4.

“I thought they came out and played really well,” Willmar head coach Jeff Winter said. “They played all 80 minutes, which we’ve struggled with a little bit; not endurance-wise, just keeping our heads in the game. I thought they did that very well tonight.”

During a dominant first half in which Willmar controlled possession, out-shot the visitors 8-3 and produced four corner kicks, the home team first got on the board during the 11th minute. Devin Sankey sent a ball from the midfield toward goal that was headed by Walid Mahamed, and found Gomez Padilla in the box. The junior, who moved up to striker for the match, created space between a pair of defenders and buried a shot by senior Alexandria sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Meuwissen.

Meuwissen played a part in the game’s second score. During the 34th minute, he mishandled a long kick and accidentally booted the ball in the path of a charging Gomez Padilla, who maneuvered around the keeper and made good on the gift of a turnover.

Late in the second half on an assisted pass from Mahamed, Gomez completed his hat trick, again drawing in Meuwissen before moving around him and finishing.

“My teammates and my friends, when they give me passes and assists, I have to score,” Gomez Padilla said. “I have to assist my teammates, too, because it's part of the team and I like to help my team.”

While Gomez Padilla had the strongest individual performance, the backline of Sankey, sophomore Jorge Zelaya Velasquez, and seniors Josh Miley and Abdimalik Mohamed was the team’s strongest unit. The foursome often intercepted many long balls and stepped in front of attempted Alexandria runs. Because of the defense, Alexandria only had two corner kicks. Leighton had little action to stop, as he collected four saves.



Willmar 3, Alexandria 0

Alexandria (3-3-1)................. 0 0 — 0
Willmar (3-4-0)....................... 2 1 — 3
FIRST HALF – W: Kelvin Gomez Padilla (Walid Mahamed) 11th minute … W: Gomez Padilla 34th minute
SECOND HALF – W: Gomez Padilla (Mahamed) 76th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – Alexandria: 4 … Willmar: 9
GOALIE SAVES – Alexandria: Ryan Meuwissen 6 … Willmar: Leighton Winter 4
DEFENSIVE SAVES – None



Girls Soccer

Alexandria 2, Willmar 1

The Willmar girls soccer team lost its second match in a row.

Facing Alexandria on the road, the Cardinals were on the wrong side of a 2-1 result on Tuesday.

Stats were unavailable at press time.

Dipping below the .500 mark with a record of 2-3-1, Willmar will return home and face Brainerd on Thursday at 5 p.m.



Girls Tennis

Annandale 4, NLS 3

Ava Hanson and Izzy Schmiesing got wins at the top of the lineup in singles while the duo of Shannon Monson and Taylor Barber picked up a win for New London-Spicer in a 4-3 Wright County Conference loss to Annandale on Tuesday.

Singles
(1) Ava Hanson, NLS, def Jennah Groth 6-0 6-4 (2) Izzy Schmiesing, NLS, def Josie Burd 6-3 6-1 (3) Olivia Honsey, A def Kamryn Quenemoen 6-1 6-1 (4) Faith Simon, A, def Mya Mayhew 6-0 6-4
Doubles
(1) Faith Millner/Ann Roberts, A, def Ruby Parsons/Morgan Rolighed 6-1 6-1 (2) Callie Broughton/Jillian Kulm, A, def Megan Warner/Ashley Templer 6-1 3-6 6-3 (3) Shannon Monson/Taylor Barber, NLS, def Ella Yeager/Rilee Norgren 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-2



Benson/KMS 5, YME 2

A perfect 3-0 in doubles play, Benson/KMS locked up a 5-2 win over Yellow Medicine East on Tuesday.

The Sting’s two wins came from Emily Johnson and Cherish Hammer at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.

Singles
(1) Emily Johnson, YME, def Stacy Johnson 1-6 6-2 7-5 (2) Cherish Hammer, YME, def Susan Knutson 7-6 (4) 6-4 (3) Kaitlyn Berreau, B/KMS, def Macie Sik 6-1 6-2 (4) Elise Duncan, B/KMS, def Kyra Kvam 6-0 6-0
Doubles
(1) Hannah Andrews/Halle Bundy, B/KMS, def Ashley Niemeyer/Tiana Rupp 6-1 6-4 (2) Taylor Samuelson/Eleanor Habben, B/KMS, def Hope Foy/Katelyn Luepke 6-0 6-0 (3) Amy Zniewski/Hannah Helms, B/KMS, won by forfeit



Litchfield 7, G-SL 0

Going through doubles play without dropping a game, fifth-ranked (Class A) Litchfield cruised to a Wright County Conference victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday, 7-0.

Singles
(1) Avery Stilwell, L, def Taylor Hatlestad 6-0 6-0 (2) Elise Bierbaum, L, def Tatyana Tkachenko 6-0 6-0 (3) Ryanna Steinhaus, L, def Britt Richter 6-1 6-2 (4) Lauren Erickson, L, def Leah Nemec 6-0 6-1
Doubles
(1) Vaida Behnke/Neriah Lara, L, def Ella Malz/Katelyn Lemke 6-0 6-0 (2) Britney Prahl/Kylie Michel, L, def Emma Malz/Courtney Hatlestad 6-0 6-0 (3) Kelsey Ballard/Taylor Draeger, L, def Courtney Hatlestad/Lauren Terlinden 6-0 6-0



Sauk Centre 5, MACCRAY 2

Haley Rhode and Tayte Nokelby picked up wins for MACCRAY at No. 3 and 4 singles as part of a 5-2 loss to Sauk Centre on Tuesday.

Singles
(1) Audrey Zenzen, SC, def Teagan Nokelby 2-6 7-6 (11) 3-0 (2) Gabby Tschida, SC, def Katie Burdorf 6-4 2-6 6-2 (3) Haley Rhode, MAC, def Natalie Berndt 7-5 6-0 (4) Tayte Nokelby, MAC, def Addy Hoffman 6-0 6-2
Doubles
(1) Sarah Middendorf/Brianna Middendorf, SC, def Leah Johnson/Katelyn Handt 6-2 6-2 (2) Julia Marthaler/Gaby Dickinson, SC, def Ashlyn Schmidt/Morgan Essendrup 6-3 6-3 (3) Nicole Bartos/Michaela Dammann, SC, def Emma Rand/Liberty Niemeyer 6-2 6-3



Girls Swimming

Brainerd 124, Willmar 62

Willmar had a trio of wins in the second half of Tuesday’s Central Lakes Conference meet with Brainerd as the host Warriors won the dual, 124-62.

Kiana Gallinger had the Cardinals’ first win of the night in the 500-yard freestyle, winning the endurance race in 5 minutes, 48.52 seconds. Gallinger also placed second in the 200 freestyle at 2:11.21.

Ava Brogen picked up another individual win for Willmar with a first-place showing in the 100 breastroke in 1:14.59. The 200 freestyle relay of Edyn Saulsbury, Allie Evink, Avery Welsh and Ava reached the wall first after a time of 1:48.86.

Aubrey Schueler came up with a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly at 1:14.56.

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (1) Brainerd 2:02.60 (2) Willmar (Natalie Arends, Ava Brogren, Aubrey Schueler, Edyn Saulsbury) 2:05.47
200 FREESTYLE – (1) Jenna Host, B, 2:09.66 (2) Kiana Gallinger, W, 2:11.21 (5) Allie Evink, W, 2:17.36
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – (1) Anna Just, B, 2:30.84 (4) Shelby Reed, W, 2:42.19 (5) Cate Brogren, W, 2:46.71
50 FREESTYLE – (1) Jacquilyn Rude, B, 26.41 (3) Saulsbury, W, 27.29 (4) Avery Welsh, W, 28.04
DIVING – (1) Izzy Olson, B, 212.90 (4) Kim Joneson, W, 137.70 (5) Emily Hunt, W, 131.15
100 BUTTERFLY – (1) Gabby Chalupsky, B, 1:12.29 (2) Schueler, W, 1:14.56 (4) Grace Vierhuf, W, 1:16.40 (5) Arends, W, 1:19.05
100 FREESTYLE – (1) Rude, B, 58.07 (3) Welsh, W, 1:00.12 (5) Reed, W, 1:02.95
500 FREESTYLE – (1) Gallinger, W, 5:48.52 (5) Evink, W, 6:10.10
200 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Willmar (Saulsbury, Evink, Welsh, A Brogren) 1:48.86
100 BACKSTROKE – (1) Isabelle Prozinski, B, 1:06.94 (4) Arends, W, 1:12.98 (5) C Brogren, W, 1:15.86
100 BREASTSTROKE – (1) A Brogren, W, 1:14.59 (4) Adia Laidlaw, W, 1:22.45 (5) Grace Bjur, W, 1:28.00

400 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Brainerd 4:01.11 (2) Willmar (Saulsbury, Evink, Welsh, A Brogren) 4:04.38