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Cardinals earn 4th soccer shutout by downing Jaguars

LEAPING WALL — Fairmont Area’s Ellie Schultze (8), Lexi Kaufman (7) and Mackenzie Householder (22) form a jumping defensive wall for Jordan’s Abby Vogel (22) to kick around during non-league action Saturday at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. Cardinals’ goalkeeper Cadence Becker (far left) keeps an eye on the free kick. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Diverse pressuring offense and ball-hawking defense extended the Fairmont Area girls soccer team’s winning streak to six in a row.

Sami Lenort produced two goals, Emma Schultze generated one goal and one assist, while Lexi Kaufman doled out two assists to power the Cardinals to a 7-0 non-league triumph over the Jordan Jaguars on Saturday at Kot Soccer Complex.

“We worked to get a lot of good looks on goal early, but only converted a couple in the first half,” Fairmont Area head coach Matt Nielsen said in reference to the red-and-white lineup’s 12-2 shots-on-goal edge during the opening 40 minutes. “Once again, we chipped quite a bit of paint (off the pipes).”

Kaufman worked through defensive traffic and grazed her right-wing 30-yard rocket off the crossbar at the 28:35 juncture of the first half, but would quickly redeem the miss only 52 seconds later.

Kaufman spotted Rayah Quiring near the doorstep with a pinpoint pass before Quiring skidded a grass-hugging right-to-left shot into the twine for a 1-0 Fairmont Area lead at 27:43.

Two minutes later, Lenort produced her initial goal of the contest by weaving her way along the left end-line with a nifty cross-over move before tapping a left-to-right shot just out of Jordan starting goalie Jenna Kluxdal’s stretched-out reach for a 2-0 margin by intermission.

“At halftime, I told them to keep pitching zeroes (on the opponent’s side of the scoreboard), and we’ll always stay ahead,” Nielsen said with a wry smile. “We just overwhelmed them with our efficiency to open the second half.”

Nielsen’s post-game analysis proved as true as a Joni Becker strike on the sprint as Fairmont Area converted its first three shots into goals to put the final decision in little doubt.

Carissa Saxton chipped a perfect lead pass to Joni Becker racing down the left wing and the Cardinals’ senior striker drilled a low liner into the net only 2:09 into the second segment.

Emma Schultze then managed to maneuver her way through Jaguar defenders with a bounce-the-ball-off-their-shins strategy before finding a gap inside the right pipe to boot a cross-shot for a point at 35:59.

Lenort then displayed her leg strength by drilling a left-wing laser by Kluxdal off a Kaufman precision pass to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 5-0 at the 33:46 juncture.

Emma Schultze then produced an assist via a solid lead pass to Alyssa Wiederhoeft, who kicked home a left-wing goal for a 6-0 margin with 12:51 to go.

Mackenzie Householder then lofted a perfect 25-yarder from the point that carried up and over Jordan backup goalie Sloane Shimek’s reach and into the top right shelf for an unassisted goal with 2:49 left.

Fairmont Area netkeeper Cadence Becker collected her fourth shutout between the pipes this season by turning away three Jordan shots on the game.

Kluxdal tallied a game-best 11 stops before giving way to Shimek in net 9 minutes into the second half.

McKayla Chambers cleanly broke up a Jaguars’ breakaway opportunity with her closing speed and footwork at the 11-minute mark in the second half to highlight the Cardinals’ shutout defensive performance.

Fairmont Area (6-1) plays host to Worthington at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Kot Soccer Complex.

Jordan (2-4) plays host to Cristo Rey Jesuit at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Jordan 0-0–0

Fairmont 2-5–7

Scoring Plays

1st Half

FA–Rayah Quiring (Lexi Kaufman), 27:43.

FA–Sami Lenort (unassisted), 25:43.

2nd Half

FA–Joni Becker (Carissa Saxton), 37:51.

FA–Emma Schultze (unassisted), 35:59.

FA–Sami Lenort (Lexi Kaufman), 33:46.

FA–Alyssa Wiederhoeft (Emma Schultze), 12:51.

FA–Mackenzie Householder (unassisted), 2:49.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 12-9–21; Jordan 2-1–3. Corners: Fairmont Area 6; Jordan 6.

Saves: Jenna Kluxdal (JOR) 10-1–11, Sloane Shimek (JOR) x-3–3; Cadence Becker (FA) 2-1–3.

Alysen Lindquist netted a pair of goals to help power Fairmont Area to a 3-0 victory over Jordan during junior varsity action Saturday at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.

Alexis Newville opened the Cardinals’ scoring with an unassisted goal, Lindquist cashed in an Anna Utermarck assist for a 2-0 lead, while Lindquist capped the offensive production by tallying an unassisted goal.

Netkeeper Hannah Bergt recorded four saves to net the win for Fairmont Area.

Boys Soccer

Fairmont Area 3, Jordan 0 — The Cardinals improved their overall record to .500 again by posting a 3-0 non-league victory over the Hubmen on Saturday in Jordan.

Fairmont Area utilized a 24-3 edge in the shots-on-goal category and a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks to fuel its offensive production.

Cardinal netkeeper Tyson Geerdes turned away all three shots on net to earn the shutout.

Joshua Bergt staked Fairmont Area to a 1-0 lead by hammering home a penalty kick 13:20 into the opening half. Bergt closed out the game with six shots on goal.

Juan Santana Sanz doubled the Cardinals’ margin by drilling one of his four shots on goal into the twine 9:48 into the second half.

Amos Broomfield, who topped Fairmont Area with seven shots on goal, delivered the contest’s third and final goal 10:27 into the second half.

Fairmont Area (3-3) plays host to Southwest Minnesota Christian at 7 p.m. tonight at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.

Fairmont 1-2–3

Jordan 0-0–0

Scoring Plays

1st Half

FA–Joshua Bergt penalty kick, 13:20.

2nd Half

FA–Juan Santana Sanz (unassisted), 9:48.

FA–Amos Broomfield (unassisted), 10:27.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 24; Jordan 3.

Saves: Tyson Geerdes (FA) 3.

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