Girls soccer: Packers beat the the heat to top Cardinals
Published 2:44 pm Saturday, September 23, 2017
With temperatures rising into the low 90s, the Packers had a fever and the only thing that could cure it was more goals. The Austin girls soccer team broke out into a scoring frenzy to overcome the heat and top Fairmont by a score of 6-2 in Art Hass Stadium Saturday.
The six goals were the most the Packers (4-4-1 overall) had scored in a game all season and Austin had scored just eight total goals in its first eight games combined.
Austin junior Hannah Quandt got the ball rolling for the Packers as she scored twice in a span of two-minutes to put Austin up 2-1 just eight minutes into the game. After Fairmont (8-5 overall) missed a penalty kick, Austin pushed its lead to 4-1 when eighth grader Hope Dudycha and freshman Eliana Bentley scored their first career varsity goals.
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Quandt said the Packers were aware of the high temperatures, but they had to stay focused on the game.
“It’s exhausting, but it’s kind of all in your head and you just have to push through it,” Quandt said. “If you start slow, then you’ll go slow.”
Austin broke the game open in the second half when sophomore Grace Mayer scored two goals in a a span of one minute and 30 seconds. It was the first time Mayer had scored in a varsity game as well.
“The fast start helped us get going,” Mayer said. “We were picking up quick passes, not dribbling as much and we worked together as a team.”
The Packers used their depth to stay fresh on an unseasonably hot day. Austin head coach Jake Levisen said the team simply had to play to stay focused and trust their teammates.
“We knew it was going to be a hot day. Everybody on the team knew when they were on the field, they were going to have to give 100 percent no matter what,” Levisen said. “They knew that subs were going to come in. The girls are building trust with everyone and when a sub goes in, the team trusts them.”
Myia Hoium had 11 saves in net for Austin, which had 19 shots on goal.
The Packers have embraced a team concept this season and that paid off for them on Saturday.
“They’ve been working hard on and off the field,” Levisen said. “When one player scores, the whole team scores. It’s a whole group effort that makes those goals possible. We’ve got to keep on believing in Austin style and keep on believing in ourselves.”