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Cardinals roll International in section opener

WILLMAR -- Following Tuesday's Section 6A Boys Soccer opener, Willmar head coach Jeff Winter said his "sloppy" team "had a lot to improve on." The International School of Minnesota might beg to differ. A red-hot Jesus Nevarez score five more goal...

CLAY CUNNINGHAM | TRIBUNE
CLAY CUNNINGHAM | TRIBUNE

WILLMAR - Following Tuesday's Section 6A Boys Soccer opener, Willmar head coach Jeff Winter said his "sloppy" team "had a lot to improve on."

The International School of Minnesota might beg to differ.

A red-hot Jesus Nevarez score five more goals and the Cardinals were dominant throughout, crushing ISM 12-0 at the Kennedy School field.

Willmar will host seventh-seeded Delano Thursday in the section's second round. The Tigers beat Big Lake 3-0 in their opener on Tuesday.

Willmar jumped ahead on an International own goal just 1:56 in and didn't take their foot off the gas, scoring eight more times in the first half.

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Nevarez, who scored nine goals in the last two regular season games, completed a hat trick just 24:45 into the first half, then scored two more times in the second.

The rest of the offensive attack was balanced as six different Cardinals scored goals. Willmar finished the night with a 22-3 shot advantage.

The goals were distributed from all over, as eight players had assists. Abdihakim Abdi led the way with three.

Despite the lopsided nature of the win, Winter says his team didn't necessarily put its best foot forward, with the biggest issue being a sluggish passing game.

"It's hard to complain with that score, but our passing was a little sloppy," he said. "There was a lot of great play and great passing, but we definitely have some things to improve on."

Winter isn't too concerned though, adding, "I'm confident in their ability to get better."

Thursday's game will kick off at 4:30 p.m. at Kennedy.

Section 6A

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Willmar 12, ISM 0

International School of Minnesota................ 0 0 - 0

Willmar................... 9 3 - 12

FIRST HALF - (1) ISM own goal 2nd minute ... (2) W: Jesus Nevarez (Abdihakim Abdi) 5th minute ... (3) W: Fernando Zavala (Abdi) 6th minute ... (4) W: Sakawe Shadoor (Blake Hisken) 15th minute ... (5) W: Nevarez (Mohamed H Aden) 17th minute ... (6) W: Nevarez 25th minute ... (7) W: Ben Gonzalez (Francis Winter) 32st minute ... (8) W: Byron Torres (Gonzalez) 33nd minute ... (9) W: Cole Munson (Abdi Nunow) 39th minute

SECOND HALF - (10) W: Nevarez (Abdi) 51st minute ... (11) W: Nevarez (Adam Roux) 58th minute ... (12) W: Hisken (Gerson Maldonado-Garcia) 69th minute

SHOTS ON GOAL - ISM: 3 Willmar: 22

GOALIE SAVES - ISM: 10 ... Willmar: Manny Obregon 3

DEFENSIVE SAVES - N/A

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CLAY CUNNINGHAM | TRIBUNE
CLAY CUNNINGHAM | TRIBUNE

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