Boys soccer: Packers fall to Lourdes in OTPublished 2:22pm Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Austin boys soccer team played great for 80 minutes against Rochester Lourdes, but a minor mix-up cost the Packers in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Eagles in Art Hass Stadium Saturday.
Lourdes (5-4-1 overall), which won the state Class ‘A’ title last season and is one of the perennial powers in Section 1A, took the lead for good with five minutes left in the first overtime period when Johnny Lawson found himself uncovered from about 10 yards out and he chipped a shot into the back of the net.
“There may have been a little miscommunication there,” Austin head coach Jens Levisen said. “We know they’re a competitive program and they’re the team to beat. We have to rise to their level.”
The Packers (4-4-2 overall) had two great chances to score in the extra session, but Lourdes keeper Nicolas Villarraga came up with two big saves. Austin’s Ochan Ochogi had a breakaway stopped by a diving Villarraga with two minutes left in the first OT and Austin’s Carlos Verra had a point blank header stopped by Villarraga as well.
Austin had 18 shots in the loss, and most of them were within 20 yards of the goal.
“We created opportunities. We were right up in there trying to make things happen and they weren’t just long shots,” Levisen said. “I thought we played good team ball and guys moved the ball around well. It’s unfortunate the score ended up like it did, but that’s the game that we play.”
Austin senior keeper Abraham Manzano just missed out on his third straight shutout when he the Eagles scored in overtime. Manzano, who is in his first season as the varsity starter in net, has allowed just two goals in four games after allowing four goals in a loss to Mankato West.
Manzano had 16 saves Saturday.
“It was a good game, but it’s still not getting any easier back there for me,” he said.