Packers start slow against Mankato West

Published 8:44 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Austin girls soccer team showed some positive signs late in a 6-0 loss to Mankato West at Wescott Athletic Complex in Austin Tuesday.

The Packers (1-12 overall) allowed just one goal in the last 60 minutes as reserve goal keeper Abby Gallaher, a sophomore, made 10 saves in that time frame.

“They played with a lot of heart and they’re enjoying the game, win or lose right now, which is what we need because of record,” Austin co-head coach Josh Dumas said. “It’s nice to see it as a good place to build from.”

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Austin finished strong after allowing five Scarlet scores in the first 15 minutes as Mankato West scored its first two goals in under five minutes.

The Packer offense never really got going, but senior Megan Lipari had a good chance early in the match when her shot hit the left post.

Austin shuffled several players in and out of the lineup as they were missing some of their regulars.

“We’re changing our lineups all over the field right now because of sicknesses and illness all over,” Dumas said. “We’re trying to pull our team together.”

Due to heavy rains and cold weather, the match was played at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. and it was held on the soccer practice field at Wescott.

Alyssa Brinkman had two goals for Mankato West, which was shutout in the second half.