Soccer roundup: Willmar boys shut down at Brainerd

Prep soccer report for Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Cardinals lose their first match of the season, 1-0
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BRAINERD — The Willmar boys soccer team has seen its schedule pile up in the past week or so.

Thursday, the Cardinals played their fourth game in six days. And, they have another match at 3 p.m. Saturday in Willmar against Watertown-Mayer.

Cardinals head coach Jeff Winter wondered out loud if that may be the issue after a 1-0 loss Thursday at Brainerd.

“Honestly, they (the Warriors) dominated a lot of the game,” Winter said. “We didn’t seem to come to play until midway through the second half. It’s been a long week.”Willmar is now 3-1-1 in the Central Lakes Conference and 5-1-1 overall. The loss came Thursday, of course, and the tie was Tuesday night against Alexandria, 1-1.

Brainerd’s Nick Holmberg scored in the 37th minute to put the Warriors (3-1 CLC, 4-1-2 overall) up just before halftime.


In the second half, Wilmar had some decent chances to tie it up.

“We were right in front a couple times,” Winter said. “We could have put one home and we were just wide a couple times.”

Boys Soccer

Brainerd 1, Willmar 0

Willmar (5-1-1)..................... 0  0 — 0
Brainerd (4-1-2)................... 1  0 — 1
FIRST HALF – (1) B: Nick Holmberg, 37th minute
SECOND HALF – No scoring
SHOTS ON GOAL – W: 6. B: 6
GOALIE SAVES – W: Andrew Ziebarth, 5 saves … B: Calvin Stetgrim, 6 saves

Minnewaska 7, Melrose 0

Aaron Feigum scored four goals, Blake Nelson had two and Connor Quelle had one in Minnewaska’s Granite Ridge Conference victory over Melrose at Glenwood.

“We switched the formations for the fifth time this season and really worked on our finishing drills in practice (Wednesday),” Minnewaska head coach Ted Hill said. “It helped us get more confidence in getting to the net.”

The Lakers had 25 shots on net and also hit the post eight times, four in each half.

“We hit the post more times than their keeper had saves,” Hill said.

Minnewaska cleared its bench for the final 30 minutes of the second half.


Minnewaska next plays host to Zimmerman at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Melrose (0-7).......................... 0  0 — 0
Minnewaska (3-5)................... 3  4 — 7
FIRST HALF – (1) Mi: Blake Nelson (Genaro Mondragon), 11th minute … (2) Mi: Aaron Feigum (Mondragon), 19th minute … (3) Mi: Feigum (Connor Erickson), 30th minute.
SECOND HALF – (4) Mi: Feigum (Nelson) 45th minute … (5) Nelson (Dalton, Peterson), 50th minute … (6) Mi: Feigum (Mondragon) 61st minute … (7) Mi: Connor Quelle (Jackson Holmes), 66th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – Mel: 2. Min: 25
GOALIE SAVES – Mel: Tenzin Dahl 2 saves … Min: Adan Lara Ambriz, 18 saves

Girls Soccer

Brainerd 2, Willmar 0

Brainerd improved to 3-3-1 with the Central Lakes Conference victory on a rainy night at Willmar.

Cardinals head coach Rebekah Cleary cited the play of goalkeeper Kianna Eichhorst.

“The game was predominantly played in our defensive end,” Cleary said. “Our goalie had another night of amazing work.”

Willmar is host to St. Cloud Tech at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Brainerd (3-3-1).............. 2  0 — 2
Willmar (2-6)................... 0  0 — 0

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