Willmar blanks Rocori
WILLMAR — The Hannah Johnson-Sam Christoffer connection is going to make some opposing coaches tremble this season.
The duo seemingly scored at will Tuesday night, contributing to four of Willmar's five goals in a 5-0 win to top Rocori in the Central Lakes Conference opener. The Cardinals scored two goals in the first half and amped things up with three in the second half.
Christoffer scored two first half goals thanks to passes by Johnson, including one especially strong pass that Christoffer settled and volleyed over the outstretched hands of Rocori goalkeeper Janessa Steil for a 2-0 lead.
Johnson took control in the second half with rockets that turned into two goals to complete her two goal, two assist day. Madi Linbo rounded out the scoring with a 76th minute goal off an assist by Amy Linden.
Willmar will face tough competition next with a visit to take on Brainerd, a perennial power, Thursday.
Willmar 5, Rocori 0
Rocori................. 0 0 — 0
Willmar.................. 2 3 — 5
FIRST HALF — W: Sam Christoffer (Hannah Johnson) 21st minute ... W: Christoffer (Johnson) 36th minute
SECOND HALF — W: Johnson 51st minute ... W: Johnson 63rd minute ... W: Madi Linbo (Amy Linden) 76th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL — Rocori: 7 ... Willmar: 15
GOALIE SAVES — Rocori: Janessa Steil 10 ... Willmar: Ella Swenson 7
DEFENSIVE SAVES — None
Delano 5, Willmar 4
Delano won a wild affair with Willmar Saturday afternoon that featured three overtime goals.
The Cardinals held a 2-0 lead through 31 minutes and took the lead again one minute into overtime but the Tigers roared back with two goals in three minutes to sneak away with a win.
Sam Christoffer scored two goals and drew a penalty that Kylie Halvorson turned into a goal with a penalty kick for her big day on the pitch. Hannah Johnson added an assist on Christoffer's first goal and scored one of her own to kick off overtime.
Delano................. 2 1 1 1 — 5
Willmar.................. 2 1 1 0 — 4
FIRST HALF — W: Sam Christoffer (Hannah Johnson) 24th minute ... W: Kylee Halvorson (Christoffer) PK 31st minute ... D: Name not available 34th minute ... D: Name not available 39th minute
SECOND HALF — D: Name not available 71st minute ... W: Christoffer (Julissa Celis-Victoria) 72nd minute ...
OT FIRST HALF — W: Hannah Johnson 81st minute ... D: Name not available 83rd minute ...
OT SECOND HALF — D: Name not available 86th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL — Delano: 14 ... Willmar: 8
GOALIE SAVES — Delano: 4 ... Home: Bryton Carlson 9
DEFENSIVE SAVES — Willmar: Ellary Lange 60th minute (2)
Willmar was the aggressor but Rocori scored with 25 seconds left in regulation to forge a tie with the Cardinals in a Central Lakes Conference match on Tuesday in Cold Spring.
Willmar outshot the Spartans 13-9.
"We really dominated play," said Cardinals head coach Jeff Winter. "They were just able to capitalize on their chances better."
Neither team scored in the first half but Rocori scored on a penalty kick early in the second half. Willmar's Kelvin Gomez-Padilla knotted the score 20 minutes later on a penalty kick.
The Cardinals' Carlos Robles scored on an assist from Cesar Leiva two minutes after Gomez-Padilla's tally for a 2-1 lead.
Willmar goalie Zach Courtney earned his team the tie, even though the Cardinals led at the time, Winter said.
Courtney turned back a shot to the upper right corner to preserve the 2-1 lead.
"I don't know how (Courtney) got it," Winter said. "It was an amazing save. It kept us in it."
Neither team scored in the two-half overtime.
The Cardinals play Brainerd at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Kennedy School field in Willmar.
Willmar................. 0 2 0 0 — 2
Rocori.................. 0 2 0 0 — 2
FIRST HALF — No scoring
SECOND HALF — R: Joshua Johnston 46th minute pk ... W: Kelvin Gomez-Padilla 66th fk ... W: Carlos Robles (Cesar Leiva) 68th ... R: Evan Kolbjornson 80th
OT FIRST HALF — No scoring
OT SECOND HALF — No scoring
SHOTS ON GOAL — Willmar: 13 ... Rocori: 9
GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Zach Courtney 7 ... Rocori: Caden Hennen 11
DEFENSIVE SAVES — None
Kelvin Gomez-Padilla scored two goals and Mohamud Mohamed scored once in Willmar loss to Delano at the Monticello Tournament on Saturday.
Willmar................. 1 2 — 3
Delano ................. 4 2 — 6
FIRST HALF — D: Adam Bergh 3rd minute ... D: Bergh 9th ... W: Kelvin Gomez-Padilla 13th pk ... D: Bergh 30th ... D: Tate Pappas 35th
SECOND HALF — D: Pappas 3 46th ... D: Bergh 60th ... W: Gomez-Padilla (Carlos Roble) 75th ... W: Mohamud Mohamed (Hamza Muhamed) 78th
SHOTS ON GOAL — Willmar: 7 ... Delano 10
GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Zach Courtney 4
DEFENSIVE SAVES — None