Local Soccer Roundup: Willmar Cards get their fill of Spuds

Read how Moorhead beat Willmar, 6-0 after getting four goals from Olivia Watson

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Moorhead senior striker Olivia Watson scores one of her two first-half goals during Tuesday's match against Willmar from Hodapp Field in Willmar. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Allowing one goal in each of its first two contests, the Willmar girls soccer team has been solid defensively early in the season.

However, with Moorhead coming into the town, the Cardinals were presented with a much tougher challenge. The Spuds had won their three previous matches by a combined margin of 41-0.

Willmar suffered its first loss of the season following a 6-0 defeat to Moorhead from Hodapp Field..

Playing on their heels the entire night, Willmar competed, but failed to slow down the visitors.

Photo Gallery: Moorhead Spuds at Willmar Cardinals


“There’s never a time I could be disappointed in this team. They played their hearts out,” Cardinals head coach Amanda Broman said. “Going into it, we wanted to give them a challenge and battle for 80 minutes. And I think the girls did that. They were very resilient and every time Moorhead scored, we came back and we came back strong.”

Spuds senior forward Olivia Watson scored the match’s first four goals and was the catalyst for Moorhead’s ongoing attack.

She put the visitors ahead with a goal in the 10th minute. Then, after the Spuds gained possession following a short Willmar goal kick, the North Dakota State University commit knocked one in to make it 2-0 in the 26th minute.

When she wasn’t using her great skill and speed to put up shots, Watson was setting up her teammates with accurate through passes whenever they went on a run. The constant attack put pressure on Cardinals defenders Ella Shinn, Jaida Reiman, Ali Poe, Kylie Gibson and Avery Quinn and goalkeeper Ella Swenson to communicate and stay engaged.

“I’m especially proud of our defensive line and our keeper tonight. They had phenomenal games,” Broman said. “They take all the information we tell them in practice and just run with it and they keep getting better and better. Six goals obviously isn’t the outcome we wanted from this game, but we are happy with the growth we see from our players.”

The Spuds went into halftime up 2-0. In the second half, Watson scored in the 50th and 65th minute. Kadyn Sharpe added a goal in the 73rd minute before Maria Zanotti capped the scoring with a goal in the 75th minute.

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Willmar junior goalkeeper Ella Swenson dives on a loose ball near the net during Tuesday's match against Moorhead from Hodapp Field in Willmar. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Swenson recorded 19 saves as Moorhead (4-0) put up 32 shots. Willmar had three shots on goal. Emily Soukup needed two saves to pick up her fourth clean sheet of the season.


The Cardinals’ best scoring chance took place in the 18th minute when Julissa Celis-Victoria created space with her dribble before unleashing a right-footed shot in the box. Soukup had to elevate in order to make the diving save.

After being shut out for the first time this season, Willmar plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bemidji.

Moorhead 6, Willmar 0

Moorhead (4-0)................. 2 4 — 6
Willmar (2-1)..................... 0 0 — 0
FIRST HALF – M: Olivia Watson 10th minute .... M: Watson 26th minute
SECOND HALF – M: Watson 50th minute .... M: Watson 65th minute .... M: Kadyn Sharpe 73rd minute .... M: Maria Zanotti 75th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – Moorhead 32 ... Willmar 3
GOALIE SAVES – Moorhead: Emily Soukup 2 … Willmar: Ella Swenson 19

Moorhead 6,
Willmar 0

Yusuf Mohamed had two goals and an assist and Max Hodney added a goal and an assist as the Spuds beat Willmar at Moorhead.

“It was a closer game than the score reflected,” Cardinals head coach Jeff Winter. “We had a couple of miscues, but I also think overall we’re building and we’re playing stronger. ... We’re better than an 0-3 team. We’re hoping we’re going to build and get in the win column.”

Willmar is host to Bemidji at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hodapp Field.

Willmar (0-3)................. 0 0 — 0
Moorhead (4-0)............. 3 3 — 6
FIRST HALF – M: Saif Allawi 1st minute … M: Tamba Ngolloe (Yusuf Mohamed) 24th minute … M: Mohamed (Max Hodny) 36th minute
SECOND HALF – M: Jibriel Gedo (Hodny) 49th minute … M: Gedo (Yousif Al Shihmani) 51st minute … M: Mohamed (Revar Qaqos) 65th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – Willmar: 6 ... Moorhead: 15
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Leighton Winter 9 … Moorhead: Jacob Hendrickson 6

Minnewaska 1,
Zimmerman 0

Junior forward Ike Koenig scored in the second half to lift Minnewaska past host Zimmerman in a Granite Ridge Conference match.

The Lakers play St. John’s Prep at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Minnewaska Area High School.

Minnewaska (2-0)................. 0 1 — 1
Zimmerman (0-2)................... 0 0 — 0
FIRST HALF – No scoring
SECOND HALF – (1) M: Ike Koenig
SHOTS ON GOAL – Not available
GOALIE SAVES – Minnewaska: N/A … Zimmerman: N/A

CCS 4,
Plum Creek 3

Community Christian School of Willmar collected a non-conference win over the Plum Creek Penguins at Tracy.


Will Chapin and Luke Taylor both had one goal and one assist for the Eagles while Conner Levesque also chipped in a goal for CCS. The final goal came from an own goal by Plum Creek.

Goalkeepers Max Arnold and Juan Ramirez split duties in net for the Eagles, with both tallying two saves.

CCS .................. 3 1 — 4
Plum Creek ...... 1 2 — 3
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