Boys soccer: Cards escape Rocori, 2-1

Willmar has started its busy week with a road victory.

We are part of The Trust Project.

The Willmar boys soccer team kicked off its four-game week with a victory over Central Lakes Conference foe Rocori at Cold Spring.

Down 1-0 in the first half, the Cardinals were able to score two unanswered goals to win their tightest match so far this season.

Heading into Monday’s game, Willmar outscored opponents 34-4.

“Tonight was one of those times where you have a good team that just plays through a bad night,” said Cardinals head coach Jeff Winter. “With the weather and a small field that suits their style and not ours, it took us a while to get going. But once we did, we were able to control the game and pass well. We just couldn’t finish.

“But, it was good enough for the win.”


The Spartans’ Eduardo Alvarez Mendez got the game’s first goal in the 12th minute. It would be 20 minutes before Willmar tied it up with an Abdullahi Mohamud goal off an assist by Anthony Reyes Jimenez.

Tied at halftime, Mohamud put the Cardinals up for good in the 54th minute. Jemil Osman was credited with an assist.

In net, goalkeeper Andrew Ziebarth was credited with eight saves.

On Tuesday, Willmar travels to Alexandria in a matchup to determine first place in the CLC. Willmar comes into the game at 6-0 while Alexandria is 5-0-1 after a 0-0 tie with Sartell on Monday.

Willmar (6-0)................. 1 1 — 2
Rocori (3-2)................... 1 0 — 1
FIRST HALF – R: Eduardo Alvarez Mendez 12th minute … W: Abdullahi Mohamud (Anthony Reyes Jimenez) 32nd minute
SECOND HALF – W: Mohamud (Jemil Osman) 54th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – Willmar: 15 … Rocori: 9
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Andrew Ziebarth 8 saves … Rocori: Luis Lopez 13 saves
What to read next
Willmar's Kessa Mara was a captain in three sports and the Minnesota State High School League's AAA Award winner of 2021-22
Blaine Fischer was a big part of one of the most successful school years in boys sports in BBE history, earning him the Hengstler-Ranweiler Award
It's a special group of three-sport stars from CMCS, BOLD, Willmar and MACCRAY
Athletes from ACGC, BBE, CMCS, KMS, MACCRAY and Willmar are finalists for the 62nd annual award.