MONTICELLO — Willmar is still trying to figure out roles on its team, Cardinals head coach Amanda Broman said. It made Saturday’s season-opener at Monticello that much more difficult.

Broman believes that Monticello is the section favorite now that Orono has moved to a different section.

“They’re in our section and probably the favorite to win our section,” Broman said. “For the past four years, before we re-sectioned, it was always Monticello vs Orono and Orono won. Orono has been one of the top teams in the state. But so has Monticello.”

Monticello led 2-0 at halftime.

“As soon as we figure out our roles on this team, I see a lot of growth and improvement coming quickly after we do that,” Broman said.

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Willmar opens Central Lakes Conference play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Cloud Apollo.

Monticello 5, Willmar 0

Willmar (0-1)........................ 0 0 — 0
Monticello (1-0)................... 2 3 — 5
FIRST HALF – (1) Olivia Hanson, M, 10th minute … (2) Bella Vasoli, M, 24th minute
SECOND HALF – (3) Hanson, M, time not available … (4) Sophia Haase, M, 39:59 … (5) Vasoli, M, 79th minute
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: Ella Swenson (13) … Monticello: Finkbeiner (not available)