Column: Pass happy Packers are rolling on the soccer field

Published 3:56 pm Monday, September 28, 2009

The Austin boys soccer team is rolling. And it’s no coincidence.

After dropping two of their first three matches, the Packers have won six straight and its no secret how they’re getting it done – teamwork and flat out unselfish play.

The Packers have scored 40 goals this season and 29 of them have been assisted. There’s also been plenty of goals to go around as 14 different players have scored for Austin (7-2 overall).

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That kind of ball movement has made Austin’s offense extremely unpredictable as anyone can score at anytime. Quite often, the Packers will pass up an open look for an even better one, and it always seems to work out in their favor.

“I’ve said it before, but we’ve got so many guys who can score,” Austin head coach Jens Levisen said last week. “And it doesn’t matter if we shoot and miss, we’ll just come back and rip another one.”

While the offense has dominated possession of the ball, the defense has held its own as the Packers have allowed just five goals in nine matches this season and they’ve logged in five shutouts.

“Good offense always leads to good defense,” Austin’s Jacob Larson said after a win over John Marshall last week.

The Packers, who have 14 seniors on the team, couldn’t have picked a better time to hit a hot streak as they have two big road matches this week.

On Tuesday, they travel to Rochester Mayo (6-4-1 overall, 4-1 Big Nine) and on Thursday they’ll head to Mankato East (9-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 Big Nine).

“It’s great to have a lot of confidence heading into two big matches,” Larson said.

Both teams will surely provide a test for an Austin team that has been unstoppable as of late.