WILLMAR — Emotions were high on the Delano side Tuesday night, when the season came to an end at Willmar in the first round of the Section 6A playoffs.
The host Cardinals, who were the No. 8 seed, topped the Tigers, who were No. 9, 4-1 in a game that left the Delano side in a state of shock aimed at the officials.
Those officials awarded Willmar three penalty kicks in the game, and handed out several yellow and red cards to Delano players.
The Tigers played the later minutes of the game short-handed two players after two red cards were flashed their way.
“It was a sad way for the guys to end the season. The boys played very well but had a difficult time rebounding after tough circumstances,” said Delano coach John Bergh. “We had a large group of 10 seniors this year. It was particularly hard to see the season end for them.”
The 10 seniors referenced are Mitch Frank, Andrew McMahan, Terron O’Neill, Brennan Slipka, Hunter Mann, Jon Kraus, Bodie Mellgren, Adam Bergh, Cameron Andreae and Tate Pappas.
As for the three penalty shots taken by Willmar players, Delano goalkeeper Jack Keranen was up to the task on the first, which came eight minutes into the game.
The big save by Keranen kept the game scoreless. That’s how it stayed entering the halftime intermission.
Coming out of halftime, Delano struck first to take the initial lead of the game. Adam Bergh scored on a return pass from Tate Pappas four minutes into the second half.
It was Bergh’s 16th goal of the game.
That goal and Keranen’s play in goal could not hold up, though, as Willmar made good on two penalty kicks in a two-minute span.
Liban Mohamed scored the game-tying goal in the 51st minute.
The Cardinals’ final goal was scored off a Delano misplay in front of Keranen.
Willmar’s other two goal-scorers Kelvin Gomez Padilla and Devin Stanky.
DELANO — Delano scored the only goal of the first half, and went on to a 3-2 win over Mound-Westonka Oct. 3 at Tiger Stadium.
Zachary Sleypen scored two goals for Delano. Cameron Andreae scored one.
Jack Keranen made 12 saves in the win for Delano.
Michael Doshan and Brayden VanGelder scored Mound-Westonka’s two goals.