Mayo knocks off Packer boys

Published 10:38 pm Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Austin's Moises Rodriguez passes the ball under pressure of Rochester Mayo's Ahmed Gedi during the first half Tuesday night at Art Hass Stadium. - Eric Johnson/

The Packer boys soccer team couldn’t hit its marks on a handful of scoring opportunities in a 3-0 loss to Rochester Mayo at Art Hass Stadium Tuesday.

Nick Brehmer had a header bounce off the post, and Noe Garcia-Marquez had a shot stopped on a diving save by Mayo keeper Joe Hagedorn late in the second half and Jake Hagen-Erickson had a header saved in the first half for Austin (5-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 Big Nine) as it went scoreless.

“We’re not the team that gets down and thinks we’re going to hunker in and play defense,” Austin head coach Jens Levisen said. “I know there are teams that do that and there’s strategy in that, but that’s not what we do. We want to play the game the way that we feel the game should be played.”

Austin's Pedro Herrera moves the ball forward against Rochester Mayo in the first half Tuesday night at Art Hass Stadium. - Eric Johnson/

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The Spartans (5-4-3 overall, 5-1 Big Nine) got on the board two minutes into the game when Thomas Hannon converted an inside pass from Guled Hamud for a score and Ahmed Gedi headed in a corner kick from Yosef Ouda later in the second half to make it 2-0 Spartans.

“We know they’ve got a quality program,” Levisen said. “They challenged every 50-50 ball, they were making passes and defending us. We came out ready to play a good game too.”

Shiv Pruthi scored in the second half to make it 3-0.

Jesus Allejo had five saves for the Packers.

The Austin soccer team will host its youth soccer night Thursday against Mankato East.

Any summer youth soccer player will get into the game for free and there will be a game for youth soccer players at halftime. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Mankato East is the top team in the Big Nine and the top ranked team in the state.“It’ll be a big one and we’ll have to come to play,” Levisen said.