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Boys soccer: Cardinals roll past Fergus Falls 7-0

Tyler Harris takes the ball in the corner during the first half Tuesday. Harris would later score, contributing to Alexandria's 7-0 win over Fergus Falls. (Judd Martinson | Echo Press).1 / 3
Cameron Rice takes a shot during the first half. Rice would score twice during Alexandria's win over Fergus Falls on Tuesday. (Judd Martinson | Echo Press)2 / 3
Cameron Rice (left) and Michael Kuhn celebrate after Rice's first goal during the Cardinals' shutout win over Fergus Falls on Tuesday. (Judd Martinson | Echo Press)3 / 3

After a slow start, the Alexandria boys soccer team poured it on late against Fergus Falls, taking a home win 7-0 over the Otters on Tuesday night.

The game was still scoreless with only 5 minutes remaining in the first half when Cameron Rice knocked in a goal after several drives down the field by Jack Hilbrands and Tyler Harris.

Just a few minutes later, Rice scored again from about 10 yards out in the middle of the field.

At the half, the Cardinals were up 2-0.

Just about four minutes into the second half, Michael Kuhn drilled the ball into the net coming off a five yard break down the middle after Rice split the defense.

"They're working well together. We had some good combination plays, one and two touch soccer, so that's really exciting," said Cardinals head coach, Cahil Collins, about the team's chemistry.

The Cardinals didn't stop at three. Next it was Tyler Harris's turn with a long goal to the top right corner from about 20 yards out with about 32 minutes left in the second half. J.J. Foster then added another score after a cross pass from Rice for a 5-0 lead.

The next goals came with about 10 minutes left in the game when Kuhn drove in his second with a strike from the left side, and Foster not even a minute later with a perfect shot into the top left corner of the net from about 10 yards out for his second score.

"Our guys stepped up and really took it to them in the second half," Collins said.

The Cardinals had 25 shots on goal, controlling the game while goalie Zach Wosepka blocked only two close shots from the Otters.

"Zach did a nice job," Collins said. "He didn't get a lot of pressure, but he did step up a couple times and made some really good saves."

The Cardinals will play Rocori at Alexandria Area High School on Thursday night. Collins said Rocori is a good team, but he expects to win if the Cardinals play the way they're capable of playing.

The Cardinals now move to 4-2-1 after the shutout win against the Otters.

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