Football roundup: Willmar Cardinals in charge – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Fergus Falls’ chances of getting past midfield were rare against Willmar on Thursday night.

The Cardinals held the visiting Otters to five shots on goal while going 17 in a 2-0 win in Central Lakes Conference men’s soccer at Willmar High School.

“We were moving the ball very well and controlling the midfield; they haven’t had many opportunities,” Willmar head coach Jeff Winter said. “We were able to stop their counterattacks earlier.”

Willmar senior Kadar Muhumed pushes the ball up during a Central Lakes Conference game against Fergus Falls on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Willmar High School.

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Ranked eighth in Class AA, the Cardinals are now 5-1-1 in the CLC and 8-1-1 overall. Fergus Falls drops to 1-4-1 in the CLC, 4-4-1 overall.

Early in the game, Willmar looked to lead a cross attack in hopes of stretching Otters goaltender Jaydon Manteufel.

“During the warm-ups, we saw the keeper wasn’t diving much and we thought he wasn’t going to go into the corners,” Winter said. “We knew we had to slip one in.”

One of those crossover attempts turned into a goal. In the ninth minute, Nathan Marthaler kicked a ball through the middle where junior Idd Ali connected on a header to make it 1-0.

Although no other crosses turned into goals, it helped keep Willmar in the attacking third of the pitch.

“We generated a lot of chances and we did a great job of passing (Manteufel),” Winter said. “Our midfielder and defensive midfielder Adan Villarreal did a really good job moving the ball back and forth.”

With one minute left in the half, Ali fired a shot from the middle of the box for his second goal of the game. Hassan Mohamud was credited with an assist.

From there, the Cardinals midfielder was the catalyst to keep Fergus Falls off the scoreboard. Goaltender Andrew Ziebarth also did his part with five shutout saves.

Willmar junior Isaac Zelaya Velasquez takes control of the ball during a Central Lakes Conference game against Fergus Falls Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Willmar High School.

Willmar junior Isaac Zelaya Velasquez takes control of the ball during a Central Lakes Conference game against Fergus Falls Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Willmar High School.

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“Isaac (Zelaya Velasquez) had a great game at center,” Winter said. “He and Ivan (Mares-Ciriaco) really controlled the midfield.

“We were pushing them to play a bit bigger and they really stepped up tonight.”

Thursday night was senior night for the Cardinals. Seven seniors are on Willmar’s varsity roster: Ziebarth; Carson Brown; Kadar Muhumed; Abdurahman Yusuf; hammer; Mustafa Mohamed; and Jacob Reyes.

Willmar returns home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Sartell. The Cardinals also have road games on Thursday, Sept. 29 against Sauk Rapids and Saturday, Oct. 1 at Becker.

Willmar 2, Fergus Falls 0

Fergus Falls (4-4-1)………… 0 0 — 0
Willmar (8-1-1)……………… 2 0 — 2
FIRST HALF – (1) W: Idd Ali (Nathan Marthaler), 9th minute… (2) W: Ali (Hassan Mohamud), 39th minute.
SECOND PART – No goals.
GUARDIAN BACKUPS – Fergus Falls: Jaydon Manteufel, 14 stops… Willmar: Andrew Ziebarth, 5 stops

Minnewaska 1, St. John’s Prep 0

Senior left tackle Genaro Contreras Mondragon scored five minutes into the game to lift Minnewaska to the Granite Ridge Conference victory at College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.

It was Mondragon’s second goal of the year. He also recorded four assists. Aaron Feigum got the assist on Mondragon’s goal. It was the senior captain’s eighth assist of the season.

“We controlled about 64% of the touches and I’m happy about that because it was the biggest pitch we’ve played on,” said Minnewaska head coach Ted Hill, who noted that the pitch of the College of St. Benedict was full. 75 meters wide, about 15 meters wider than many high school fields. “We led possession time, 58-42 percent,” Hill said. “In the second half, we had 66% of the touches. We hit two posts again, one just before scoring and another early in the second half. Their goalkeeper (Charlie Wang) made two very, very good saves.

It was the third shutout of the season for Tenzin Dahl, the Lakers’ second-year guard, who made five saves.

Minnewaska hosts St. Cloud’s Cathedral at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Glenwood.

Prep. St. John’s (1-6)…………….. 0 0 — 0
Minnewaska (5-5)………………………… 1 0 — 1
FIRST HALF – (1) H: Genaro Contreras Mondragon (Aaron Feigum), 5th minute
SECOND PART – No rating
GUARDIAN BACKUPS – Prep. St. John’s: Charlie Wang, 12 saves … Minnewaska: Tenzin Dahl, 5 saves

Hillcrest Lutheran 6, CMCS 1

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy got three goals from Rolf Fluge, two from Emil Boe and one from Isak Ostevold to beat Central Minnesota Christian in Prinsburg.

Wesley Fussy scored the Bluejays goal with a pass from Ryan Harrington.

Josh Nelson made four saves in goal for Hillcrest.

CMCS hosts West Lutheran at 1 p.m. Saturday in Prinsburg.

Lutheran Hillcrest (2-3-1)…………….. 3 3 — 6
CMCS (3-4)…………………………………………. …… 0 1 — 1

Fergus Falls 2, Willmar 1

The Cardinals fell in overtime in a loss at Fergus Falls.

“It took us a while to wake up and move at the start of the game,” Willmar head coach Rebekah Cleary said. “Fergus Falls’ extra-time goal was an unfortunate one, as we were so close to stopping it.”

Otters junior Madilynn Budke scored 15 minutes into the game before Cardinals rookie Telilie Lange tied the game at 1-1 with seven minutes left in the game.

Fergus Falls took the win with a goal in the first half of overtime.

Willmar is now 2-7-1 at CLC. Fergus Falls is 3-4 in the conference.

The Cardinals next play at 10 a.m. Saturday at Becker.

Willmar (2-7-1)………….. 0 1 0 0 — 1
Fergus Falls (7-4)………… 1 0 1 0 — 2
FIRST HALF – (1) FF: Madilynn Budke 15th minute
SECOND PART – (2) W: Telilie Lange 73rd minute
SHOOT TO THE NET – F: 16. FF: 17
GUARDIAN BACKUPS – Willmar: Kianna Eichhorst, 15 stops … Fergus Falls: 15 stops

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