Packers beat Byron 2-0

Published 9:46 pm Thursday, August 30, 2012

Austin's Abinyan Lual watches the ball pass by on a corner kick in the first half against Byron at Art Hass Stadium. -- Eric Johnson/

The Austin boys soccer team made two big plays and that was all it needed as it beat Byron (2-1 overall) 2-0 in Art Hass Stadium Thursday.

Austin's Riley Grinstead holds off Byron's Mitchell Enerson during the first half Thursday night at Art Hass Stadium.

The Packers (2-0 overall), who out-shot the Bears 25-5, opened the scoring seven minutes into the game when Riley Grinstead took possession and made a pass to Francisco Torres, who dribbled down the sideline before finding Omot Okello, who kicked in a crossing pass for a goal.

Austin’s second goal came when Roel Torres launched a 35-yard free kick that Nick Brehmer headed into the back of the net.

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“One of the big things we talk about is communication, and we don’t score either of those goals without good communication,” Austin head coach Jens Levisen said.

Levisen said the Bears brought a defense Austin wasn’t used to seeing, but the Packers adjusted accordingly.

“Byron looked better this year than they did last year,” Levisen said. “They played a good game and so did we.”

Collin Weisert had five saves for Austin.