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Boys soccer: Cards rebound with a big morning win

Willmar beats Becker 2-1 with an early start on the road.

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BECKER — The Willmar Cardinals got back to their winning ways against Becker en route to a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

“It was great to see the response,” said Cardinals head coach Jeff Winter, whose team lost 4-2 against Sauk Rapids on Thursday. “Both of our starting center backs were out with injuries. We showed the depth of our team.”

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Without senior captain Kadar Muhumed and sophomore Axael Recinos Gonzalez, who are both expected to be back on Thursday against Rocori, the Cardinals scored the first two goals of the match and hunkered down late to secure the victory.

“We’ve had bad luck on early Saturday morning games over the years and we got that monkey off our back,” Winter said. “We created several scoring chances. We also had two goals in this game that were called back due to offsides calls.”

Willmar sophomore midfielder Miguel Altamirano Toruno broke open the scoring in the 33rd minute to help the Cardinals hold a 1-0 lead into halftime.

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Quickly out of the gates in the second half, Cardinals junior midfielder Hassan Mohamud padded Willmar’s lead to two goals when he found the back of the net in the 48th minute.

Around the 70th minute of action, senior goalkeeper Andrew Ziebarth made a huge save on a penalty kick to keep Becker off the scoreboard.

“He’s been a rock back there,” Winter said of Ziebarth, who is 2-for-2 on penalty kick saves this season. “Every game his leadership as a captain shows. His voice is big and he plays big.”

Becker spoiled Ziebarth’s shutout in the 77th minute when Evan Norberg scored.

Willmar is host to St. Cloud Apollo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Willmar High School.

“Apollo has some speed up top that we will have to plan for. I expect another tight match,” Winter said. “They haven’t lost since we’ve played them (earlier this season).”

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Willmar 2, Becker 1

Willmar (10-2-1)................. 1  1 — 2
Becker (5-8)....................... 0  1 — 1

FIRST HALF – W: Miguel Altamirano Toruno 33rd minute (Idd Ali)
SECOND HALF – W: Hassan Mohamud 48th minute (Jacob Reyes), B: Evan Norberg 77th minute (Eric Kyaw)
SHOTS ON GOAL – W: 11. B: 5
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Andrew Ziebarth, 3 saves, Say Wah, 1 save (defense) … Becker: Nicholas Gruber, 9 saves

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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in June 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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