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Packers bounce back to beat Cougars; Notch first win of 2019

The Austin boys soccer team rebounded from an opening season loss by beating Mankato East 3-1 at Art Hass Stadium Thursday.

The Cougars (1-3 overall, 1-2 Big Nine) struck first when they scored on a put-back in the 19th minute of the game, but the Packers (1-1 overall, 1-0 Big Nine) had a big answer as they scored three times in the final 20 minutes of the half.

Ausitn’s Prey Reh controls the ball against Mankato East Thursday night in the first half at Art Hass Stadium. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Keaton Goetz crashed the net to score off a header by Julio Hernandez to make it 1-1, Elisha Simerson redirected a corner kick to make it 2-1 with 12:58 left in the half and Andres Garcia punched a shot through on a long lob pass from Dylan Hanegraaf with thirty seconds left in the half.

Austin’s Jose Valladares plays the ball in front of Mankato East’s Mahmood Maldonada during the first half Thursday night at Art Hass Stadium. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com