St. Cloud Cathedral handed Zimmerman 4-0 loss in the Granite Ridge Conference opener for both teams on Thursday in St. Cloud.
Ellie Engel knocked in two goals and Annie Johnson and Aiden McCormick had one each for the Crusaders.
Down 2-0 at the half, the Thunder (2-4) regrouped and generated some threats but couldn’t finish with high-percentage shots.
“Their defense was packed in,” said Thunder coach Jeff Downing, “and was willing to give a lot of throw-ins, but only one corner.”
Zimmerman will host St. John’s Prep on Tuesday.