WILLMAR — The Willmar girls soccer team was shut out for the third time this year, taking a 2-0 Central Lakes Conference loss against Sauk Rapids Tuesday at Hodapp Field.
“Tonight we had a lot of chances but we didn’t have the bounces we wanted,” said Cardinals head coach Amanda Broman.
The Storm got on the board early with an Emma Plemel goal in the fourth minute. It wouldn’t be until the 76th minute when Maia Hasbrouck found the back of the net.
Ella Swenson came up with 12 saves for Willmar. The Cardinals were outshot 14-9.
Willmar will have a home-and-home series with Rocori to close out the regular season, back at Hodapp Field on Thursday and at Cold Spring on Friday.
Sauk Rapids 2, Willmar 0
Sauk Rapids (9-3-3) .......... 1 1 — 2
Willmar (4-8-2) ................... 0 0 — 0
FIRST HALF – SR: Emma Plemel 4th minute
SECOND HALF – SR: Maia Hasbrouck 76th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – SR: 14 … W: 9
GOALIE SAVES – SR: Maggie Fernholz 9 saves … W: Ella Swenson 12 saves
DEFENSIVE SAVES – None
Sauk Rapids 3, Willmar 1 (OT)
In the regular-season finale, the Willmar boys soccer team had one more chance to get a win in overtime. Ultimately, host Sauk Rapids scored a pair of goals to secure a 3-1 Central Lakes Conference win.
The Cardinals end the regular season with a 3-0-2 record in overtime.
“Very tough game,” said Willmar head coach Jeff Winter. “We’ll just have to get refocused. We played a great first half but couldn’t punch one in. We controlled the flow of the game. We went down a little bit after we scored. We were content to win 1-0 and that’s not going to do it in the CLC.”
After a scoreless first half, the Cardinals got on the board first with a goal in the 52nd minute by Alvaro Cortes Heras and an assist by Anthony Reyes. Down to the final minutes, the Storm’s Duke Van Heuveln tied the game in the 77th minute.
The extra time went Sauk Rapids’ way with goals from Grant Lovitz in the 84th minute and Eli Moilanen in the 88th minute.
Finishing the regular with a 6-8-2 record, Willmar will wait for Section 6A seeding to be announced on Sunday. The Cardinals were 2-1 against section foes this season.