Cardinals, Schultz cage East in OT, 3-1
MANKATO – Senior striker Sierra Schultz delivered another hat trick, including two goals during the overtime session, to power the Fairmont Area Cardinals to a 3-1 triumph over the Mankato East Cougars on Thursday in Mankato.
After a scoreless opening half, Schultz converted Sierra Schrader’s pinpoint pass into the nonconference clash’s initial goal with 37:16 remaining in the second segment.
Mankato East managed to net the equalizer with 6:08 left in regulation to force a 10-minute extra session.
Schultz drilled the eventual game-winning goal into the East net off an assist from Kayley Shoen at the 2:24 juncture of the first half of overtime.
Schultz then took a Myah Lytle pass and blasted it past the Cougar netkeeper for an insurance goal at the 3:10 mark of the second half of the overtime.
Schultz’s second hat trick of the season paced Fairmont Area’s first-ever victory – regular season or playoffs – at Mankato East during the program’s nine-year varsity tenure.
Alex Christianson recorded 17 saves to earn the victory between the pipes for the Cardinals, who delivered 25 shots on goal.
Fairmont Area (3-0, 1-0 Big South) travels to St. Peter on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. conference clash.
Brooke Hunwardsen produced a pair of goals to help the Fairmont Area junior varsity post a 5-2 victory over Mankato East on Thursday in Mankato.
Breauna Jackson delivered the Cardinals’ first goal off of a corner kick before teammate Mikayla Soelter connected for a goal via the same method.
Brooke Smith tallied Fairmont Area’s third goal off an assist from Morgan Shriver before Hunwardsen generated back-to-back goals off assists from Jayden Koskovich and Jenna Sauck, respectively.
Cassidy Krusemark and Haley Burmeister combined in goal to net the victory for the Cardinals.
Lexi Lunn chalked up a hat trick, while netminders Anna Nordquist and Angel Smith combined on a shutout to pace the Fairmont Area C-squad’s 5-0 victory over Mankato East on Thursday in Mankato.
Alexis Kaufman scored the Cardinals’ initial goal before Lunn cashed in assists from Grace Higgins and Mikayla Stradtman, respectively, to build a 3-0 edge.
Lunn and Joni Becker capped the red-and-white’s offensive output by delivering unassisted goals.