Cardinals claim 2nd place at tourney
ALBERT LEA – The Fairmont Area Cardinals girls soccer team split a pair of shootouts to capture second-place honors at the Albert Lea Invitational on Saturday.
Kayley Shoen delivered both the game-winning kick during the extra session and the Cardinals’ only goal during regulation in their opening-round victory over Stewartville.
Shoen converted Lexi Johnson’s assist into a second-half goal to send the game into a decisive shootout.
Sierra Schultz, Mackenzie Betts and Talitha Burtis also produced goals to help power Fairmont Area to a 4-3 edge in the extra frame.
Goaltender Jess Koskovich made four saves for the Cardinals in Game 1 to earn the win.
Red Wing then edged Fairmont Area by a 3-2 margin during a second-round shootout after a scoreless tie in regulation.
Sydney Leichtnam and Shoen each generated goals for the Cardinals in their second extra segment of the tourney.
Alex Christianson tallied eight saves for a shutout in regulation for Fairmont Area.
The Cardinals’ Betts, Brooklyn Leichtnam, Sydney Leichtnam and Nicole Lenort each were selected to the all-tournament team for their outstanding play.
Fairmont Area (4-3-1, 2-1-1 South Central) travels to Waseca on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. conference game.
Worthington 4, Fairmont Area 0 – The Trojans boys soccer team blanked the Cardinals 4-0 in the championship game of the Albert Lea Invitational on Saturday.
The Cardinals fired 11 shots on net, while Trason Arens made 28 saves for Fairmont Area.
Josh Kleve scored first for Worthington at the 31:54 mark in the first half.
Angel Sanchez netted the second Trojan goal to go ahead 2-0 at the 16:44 mark of the first half.
Fairmont Area’s Brock Johnson had a penalty kick opportunity for the Cardinals at the 13-minute mark, but Kody Honius made a leaping save for the Trojans to keep the Cardinals scoreless.
Andrew Johnson netted Worthington’s third goal of the half with just over two and a half minutes left to play to go up 3-0 at half.
The final Trojan score came at 25:40 in the second half off of the foot of Victor Meza.
Joe Nordquist topped the Cardinals offensive effort in the game, firing five shots on net.
Trason Arens stopped 28 shots in the game, while the Cardinals fired 11 shots on net
The Cardinals battled with Marshall to a 0-0 tie after regualtion in the opening round of the tournament.
Nordquist, Derek Hunwardsen and Sam Havnen then each netted a penalty kick in the shootout to beat the Tigers 3-2 to advance to the championship game.
Arens made 10 saves of the 12 Marshall shots on goal, while Fairmont Area fired 15 shots on net.
Worthington beat the host Albert Lea 4-1 in their opening round matchup to reach the championship game Saturday.
Fairmont Area (2-7, 1-4 SCC) travels to Marshall for a 5:45 p.m. nonconference game on Tuesday at Mattke Field on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus in Marshall.
The Fairmont Area JV and C-squads will play host to Worthington in 5 p.m. games today in Fairmont.