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AUSTIN EDITION - Lourdes boys solid in win over JM

Strong midfield play and continued solid defense helped the Rochester Lourdes boys soccer team to a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Rochester John Marshall.

The Eagles went up 1-0 in the first half on a goal by Ben Passe, assisted by Aaron Good.

In the second half, leading scorer Tim Macken made it 2-0, and Mark Lembach followed with another shot into the net for a 3-0 lead for Lourdes. James Kertis got assists on both goals.

"Our midfield controlled the play," said Lourdes coach Tom Kane, "and our defense came with another excellent effort tonight. We've been playing great soccer, and overall, this was our best game of the season.

"At this time of year, peaking like this, it's the correct time. Everybody is stepping up and playing great."

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The Rockets' lone goal came with 10 minutes left in the game, when Halil Dudakovic scored, assisted by Ker Atak. It was just the third loss for John Marshall, which is 10-3-1 overall.

•Rochester; Mayo beat Albert Lea 1-0 on a goal by Ali Ahmed midway through the second half, assisted by Brandon Schlichter.

"We are two middle-of-the-road teams that have improved significantly over the course of the season," Mayo coach Charles Abboud said. "It was a very exciting, tough game for us. Albert Lea hustled and played very fast soccer. They were a tough opponent. We had the upper edge 70 per cent of the time."

Mike Nimtz was in goal for the shutout.

Mayo, 7-3-1 overall, is at JMon Thursday.

Sophomore Mary Claire McGregor had a break-out for the Rochester Mayo girls in the Spartans' 3-1 comeback win over Mankato West at Mayo on Tuesday.

McGregor scored two goals in the game. The first tied the score 1-1 at 10 minutes into the second half. Danielle Stead sent her a crossing pass on the play, and McGregor got free in front of an empty net.

Six minutes later, Mayo's speedy Linnea Johnson scored on a breakway following a pass from Karolina Heraldsdottir.

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McGregor got her second goal at 36 minutes on an assist from Stead.

Mayo (7-8-1, 5-3-1 overall) plays host to John Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Albert Lea's girls beat Rochester John Marshall 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night at JM stadium.

Laura Hilman of Albert Lea caught the JM defense flat and scored back-to-back goals six and eight minutes into the game to stake the Tigers to a quick 2-0 lead.

"Albert Lea came out strong and capitalized on our mistakes and lack of intensity," said JM coach John Endicott.

JM struggled through the first half but managed to hold Albert Lea to the two scores. The second half was different.

With 10 minutes remaining, Katie Quinones spun around with the ball 5 yards from the net and fired a shot past the Albert Lea goalie to put JM on the scoreboard. Then, with only 14 seconds remaining in the game, Quinones scored again on a one-on-one with the keeper to tie it 2-2 and send the game into overtime.

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