Girls Soccer: Sartell remains unbeaten with win over Warriors

Brainerd hosts Sartell Tuesday, Oct. 4

Girls playing soccer.
Brainerd Warrior Emma Balsley fights for the ball Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, against a Sartell defender at Adamson Field.
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BRAINERD — Sartell stayed unbeaten after knocking off the Brainerd Warriors 2-0 in a Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-3A match Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Sabres moved to 13-0-1 after knocking off the Warriors for the second time this season.

Despite the loss, the Warriors created chances and outshot Sartell 12-9. A few chances in the second half went just wide of the net.

“I felt like we outplayed them besides the scoreboard,” Warriors head coach Grant Gmeinder said. “We outshot them. We possessed the ball more. We talked to the girls about how we controlled everything we could control in the game. We just couldn't put the ball in the net. The effort was great and the attitude was great.”

Sartell got the scoring started with a goal 10 minutes in by Reese Kloetzer.


With 18 minutes left in the first half, the Warriors got called for a handball in the box which set up a Sartell penalty kick.

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Kloetzer’s PK hit the post and the Warriors escaped still trailing by a goal.

With five minutes left in the first half, Chloe Turner found the net to make it 2-0 Sabres at half.

Lilly DeRosier smoked three good shots in the second half.

“The hard part is getting there,” Gmeinder said of the missed opportunities. “We keep getting there and so we’ve said it all season that we’ve had good stretches of scoring. We are creating good chances. We are putting people in front of the goal. We had the corner kick late that Lilly missed by three inches on the outside post. Some of that just comes down to whether or not we are going to make our own luck.”

Gmeinder was pleased with the defense.

“That’s a really high-scoring Sartell team,” he said. “They got a corner kick which you can’t put on our backline and then they got a flukey goal there. But to shut that team down, I thought we did an awesome job.”

Sartell thought they made it 3-0 on a free kick by Kloetzer, but Sartell was ruled offside.


The Warriors drop to 7-7-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference. They finish the season against Sauk Rapids Thursday.

“It’s a good opportunity to create some good chances and get the ball in the back of the net a few times and get ready for the playoffs,” Gmeinder said.

Sartell 2 0 — 2

Brainerd 0 0 — 0

First half: Sar-Reese Kloetzer 30:06, Sar-Chloe Turner 4:59

Shots on goal: Brd 12, Sar 9

Goalkeepers: Brd-Gracelyn Dickinson (7 saves); Sar-Anna Lundeen (12 saves)

Sartell 2, Warriors 0

Key: Sartell gets two first-half goals to beat Brainerd
Conference: Brd 5-3-1, Sar 8-0.
Overall: Brd 7-7-1, Sar 13-0-1.
Next: Brainerd at Sauk Rapids 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

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Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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