Editorial: Packers continue to represent the community

Published 9:58 am Saturday, October 19, 2019

Congratulations are in order to the Austin Packers boys soccer team for wrapping up its third consecutive Section 1A title Thursday night in Winona, earning them another berth into the Minnesota State Boys Soccer Tournament.

The Packers did this by again defeating Rochester Lourdes, this time by a score of 3-2 in a matchup that has swiftly become one of the most anticipated contests of the season.

This win puts another notch in Austin’s belt as it continues to establish itself as one of the best soccer teams in the state. Head coach Jens Levisen, his staff and players are a great example of hard work and dedication paying off.

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But another aspect of this team that really stands it out, is the mentality each player takes into each game. Last night was a great example. Leading 3-0 in the second half, the Packers were looking at a rare, dominating win over a powerful and respected Rochester Lourdes team and Lourdes proved that by storming back and cutting the lead to 3-2.

It was Austin’s mentality that helped contribute to this win and it should be held up as a shining example for others.

“They scored twice. It happens,” Dylan Hanegraaf said afterwards. “We just had to keep that positivity going and we would win the game. I think we played pretty well and we kept with it.”

It’s a mentality carried by each player on this team.

“We just had to keep our heads strong. We had to fight for every ball,” Andres Garcia said. “I had one chance at the end that didn’t go my way, but I’m just glad for the win. We played fast and we tried to rack up as many goals as we could. Unfortunately, they scored twice on us, but we just kept going.”

This team is just another aspect of the school that Austin Public Schools can hold up and be proud of. Not only does the team represent the school through wins, but by being a great example of kids from all walks coming together for a common goal.

“We’re like a family and we’re always having fun,” Hanegraaf said.

Levisen and his team have created a model atmosphere of not just winning, but of respect and pride and we wish this team all the luck in the world as it continues on its quest to win its first ever state title.