WILLMAR — The Willmar boys soccer team swept past Sauk Rapids 4-0 on a rainy Thursday night at Hodapp Field.
Among the highlights for the Cardinals was Isaac Zelaya Velasquez scoring on a pass from his brother Jorge Zelaya Velasquez. Isaac is a sophomore. Jorge is a senior. Jorge is normally a defender who was moved to the top during Thursday’s game at the suggestion of assistant coach Brad Haugen.
“It was kind of nice,” Willmar head coach Jeff Winter said.
It’s the first time the Zelaya Velasquez brothers had scored together this season.
Miguel Ulloa, Diego Gonzalez and Jorge Zelaya Velasquez also scored goals for the Cardinals.
Willmar is 13-0-1 and ranked ninth in the state in Class AA. It already has clinched the Central Lakes Conference title. The Cardinals have a key Section 6AA game at 10 a.m. Saturday against Monticello at Hodapp Field.
“It’s important for the seeding for the playoffs,” Winter said. “And that’s why we need to play well.”
Willmar 4, Sauk Rapids 0
Sauk Rapids (2-10)................. 0 0 — 0
Willmar (13-0-1)....................... 2 2 — 4
FIRST HALF – (1) W: Miguel Ulloa (Abdullahi Mohamed), 11th minute … (2) W: Diego Gonzalez (Isaac Zelaya Velasquez) 25th minute
SECOND HALF – (3) W: Jorge Zelaya Velasquez (Ulloa), 62nd minute … (4) W: I. Zelaya Velsquez (J. Zelaya Velasquez) 72nd minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – SR: 2. W: 11
GOALIE SAVES – SR: Josh Tapio, 7 saves … W: Andrew Ziebarth, 2 saves
Minnewaska 7, Little Falls 0
Minnewaska scored six goals in the first half to put away Little Falls in a Granite Ridge Conference match at Glenwood.
Minnewaska head coach Ted Hill credited his team’s defense and goalkeeper Hunter Kloos with helping to limit the Flyers’ scoring chances.
“We had a really good game by our back three tonight,” Hill said of the play of Konner Hanson, Connor Quelle and Isaac Meyer. “Those guys have just been terrific all season, especially Hanson.
“He plays in the center. Last year, he was a pretty good defender and this year, he’s been a very, very good defender.”
The Lakers play Rocori at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Cold Spring.
Little Falls (2-11)..................... 0 0 — 0
Minnewaska (6-4)................... 6 1 — 7
FIRST HALF – (1) M: Ike Koenig (Genaro Contreras Mondragon) 9th minute … (2) M: Tate Reichmann (Damon Uhde) 10th minute … (3) M: Ethan Quelle (Reichmann) 11th minute … (4) M: Uhde (Aaron Feigum) 15th minute … (5) M: Uhde (Quelle) 25th minute … (7) M: Blake Nelson (Noah Palmer) 33rd minute.
SECOND HALF – (7) M: Quelle (Koenig) 45th minute
SHOTS ON GOAL – LF: 2. M: 28
GOALIE SAVES – LF: Ethan Yurek (2 goals, 0 saves), Jacob Tenold (5 goals, 23 saves) … M: Hunter Kloos, 2 saves
Sauk Rapids 3, Willmar 2
The Willmar girls soccer team had its four-match win streak come to a close after Sauk Rapids scored a pair of second-half goals for the Central Lakes Conference win at Sauk Rapids.
The Cardinals are now 6-2-1 in CLC play.
Samantha Christoffer scored a goal for Willmar in the first half as the Cardinals and Storm went into halftime tied at 1-1. Willmar’s second goal came courtesy of Fernanda Ossa Letelier.
The Cardinals conclude the week with a non-conference match against Watertown-Mayer at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hodapp Field. Willmar will close out the regular season next week with a pair of Section 6AA games — at Hutchinson Monday and versus Becker Tuesday — before the finale against Rocori next Thursday at Cold Spring.