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Cardinals flatten Trojans in BSC soccer clash, 10-0

LEAPING CATCH — Fairmont Area’s Joni Becker leaps to corral a long pass over Worthington defender Amy Ventura (16) during Big South Conference action Tuesday at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. Trojans goalkeeper Chantel Peralta looks on. Becker went on to score four goals. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Seven consecutive victories.

Fairmont Area striker Joni Becker erupted for a game-best four goals, Ellie Schultze distributed a game-high three assists and Emma Schultze tallied two goals to power a 10-0 Big South Conference soccer victory over the Worthington Trojans on Tuesday.

Emma Schultze and Sami Lenort needed only 2:10 to combine skills to record the first goal of the league clash at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont.

Lenort worked the left end line before lofting a floater to Emma Schultze, who headed the ball past Trojans netminder Chantel Peralta’s diving reach to trigger an avalanche of goals en route to the Cardinals’ seventh win out of eight games this fall.

Peralta then denied nine straight Fairmont Area shots on goal to keep the hometown lineup off of the scoreboard for a 12 1/2-minute span. Peralta finished with a game-best 19 stops.

Joni Becker, however, continued her torrid scoring ways by reeling off back-to-back goals during a 7-minute stretch to widen the Cardinals’ gap to 3-0.

Becker tapped home a rebound off Savanah Baker’s initial shot inside the left post from the doorstep to double the gap to 2-0 at the 15:29 mark.

Becker then utilized her strong left foot to drill a rising liner into the top right shelf off Ellie Schultze’s perfect 15-yard lead chip with 8:49 remaining in the opening segment.

Rayah Quiring and the Schultze sisters — Ellie and Emma — then combined for two more Fairmont Area goals within a 33-second span with time winding down in the first half. Ellie Schultze filtered a pass to Quiring for a right-to-left crossing shot to find twine at the 1:51 juncture. Emma Schultze then rebounded Quiring’s initial shot that Peralta blocked and managed to bump the ball into the net before colliding with the Trojans’ keeper.

“She (Peralta) is a gritty keeper. She went out after the scrum in front of the net with 1:18 left in the first half, but she came back for the second half,” said Fairmont Area head coach Matt Nielsen.

A rejuvenated Peralta, however, could not halt Maddie Maakestad’s putback goal off an Ellie Schultze ricochet off the crossbar at the 25:51 juncture of the second half.

Joni Becker then grouped two more goals in a span of 34 seconds to create an 8-0 advantage for the Cardinals. Cadence Becker recorded a rare assist for a keeper by launching her kick past midfield, where Joni Becker settled it and drove the distance for a low blast off the goalie and into the net at the 13:24 mark.

Joni Becker then cashed in Bailey Martinson’s threaded pass through traffic moments later and nailed a left-to-right laser into the right corner of the cage.

Mackenzie Householder buried a rebound off a Lexi Kaufman initial shot with 8:34 remaining in regulation before Kaufman capped the double-figure offensive outpouring with an unassisted goal on the doorstep at 4:59.

Cadence Becker stopped three shots to net the shutout for the Cardinals. Peralta made a game-best 19 saves, while backup goalie Marilyn Orellama chipped in six stops.

Fairmont Area (7-1, 5-1 Big South) travels to St. Peter on Thursday night for a key league clash at 6:45 p.m.

Worthington (0-6, 0-5) hosts Mankato Loyola on Thursday.

Worthington 0-0 — 0

Fairmont Area 5-5 — 10

Scoring Plays

1st Half

FA–Emma Schultze (Sami Lenort), 37:50.

FA–Joni Becker (Savanah Baker), 15:29.

FA–Joni Becker (Ellie Schultze), 8:49.

FA–Rayah Quiring (Ellie Schultze), 1:51.

FA–Emma Schultze (Rayah Quiring), 1:18.

2nd Half

FA–Maddie Maakestad (Ellie Schultze), 25:51.

FA–Joni Becker (Cadence Becker), 13:24.

FA–Joni Becker (Bailey Martinson), 12:50.

FA–Mackenize Householder (Lexi Kaufman), 8:34.

FA–Lexi Kaufman (unassisted), 4:59.

Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 24-11–35; Worthington 3-0–3. Corners: Fairmont Area 10; Worthington 2.

Saves: Cadence Becker (FA) 3-0–3; Chantel Peralta (W) 17-2–19, Marilyn Orellama (W) 2-4–6.

Eight different Fairmont Area players generated at least one goal to pace a 12-1 victory over Worthington during junior varsity action Tuesday.

Emma Scheppmann, Alexis Rojo and Kate Busche each produced two goals to top the Cardinals’ balanced effort, with Rojo also dishing out an assist.

Alexis Hinz and Alexis Newville each collected one goal and one helper for Fairmont Area, while Mackenzie Carlson distributed two assists.

Selma Bleess, Allison Janssen, Hannah Goerndt and Kalie Hanna each contributed one goal to the winning performance, while Lizzie Nielsen and Jayden Smith chipped in one assist apiece.

Goaltender Angel Smith made four saves to net the win for Fairmont Area.

Elayna Anderson produced one goal and one assist to help engineer Fairmont Area’s 3-0 victory over Worthington during C-squad action Tuesday.

Kaitlyn Hinz and Andrea Rojo each netted a goal for the Cardinals, while Madi Hofer doled out an assist.

Goalkeeper Madi Stromberg recorded six saves to earn the shutout for Fairmont Area.

Boys Soccer

Fairmont Area 1, Worthington 1 — The Cardinals and Trojans played to a tie in Big South Conference boys soccer action Tuesday night in Worthington.

Cole Christopher scored Fairmont Area’s lone goal on a Ryan Hennager assist.

Christopher had two of Fairmont Area’s five shots on goal.

Worthington outshot the Cardinals 12-5 in the matchup, but Fairmont Area netminder Tyson Geerdes made 11 saves between the pipes to keep the game tied.

Fairmont Area (3-3-1) plays host to St. Peter at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kot Soccer Complex.

Fairmont Area and Worthington also tied in junior varsity action, 3-3, Tuesday in Worthington.

No individual statistical information was available for the Cardinals.

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