AUSTIN EDITION - Austin girls break loose

Packers get in victory column

The Austin girls soccer team can breathe a big sigh of relief. Finally.

After being shutout in their first three games of the season, the Packers broke loose Tuesday and defeated Faribault 6-0 at home.

"They had a lot of fun and finally got some goals," first-year Packers coach Chico Thiravong said. "They're pretty excited so I hope they can keep it going."

Senior Tibisa Thor scored twice to pace the Packers. Austin led 2-0 at the half and continued it scoring charge over the final 40 minutes.


Thiravong said he made some lineup changes in an attempt to get more offense.

"We controlled play and switched players around to have a more offensive team," the coach said. "If you can't score, you can't win. And Faribault's not the toughest team in the Big Nine, but it's a start and a win."

Kelly Reetz, Jenna Benson, Mariel Goettsch and Lindsay BlumonShein also scored for the Packers, who finished with 20 shots on goal.

"Kelly and Mariel really controlled the game pretty well," Thiravong said. "They had a lot of chances."

The Packers could have scored even more goals in the game. Reetz hit the post a couple of times in the first half.

Sophomore goalie Bridget Pease idly watched action for much of the game. She only needed to make one save for the shutout.

What To Read Next
Fundraising is underway to move the giant ball of twine from the Highland, Wisconsin, home of creator James Frank Kotera, who died last month at age 75, 44 years after starting the big ball.