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AUSTIN EDITION Packers are still looking for first victory

ALBERT LEA -- Austin's defense played hard on Thursday night, but no goals scored meant another loss for the girls soccer team.

The Albert Lea Tigers scored a goal in each half to claim a 2-0 win over the Austin Packers in Big Nine Conference action at Hammer Field. The Packers remain winless on the season.

The home team scored a goal about midway through the first half and maintained that advantage into halftime. Austin goalie Robecca Thor made a number of saves in the first half to keep the game close.

"Robecca was excellent in the net, she played with a lot of confidence and kept us in the game," Austin coach Mila Pires said. "We were playing pretty well, but the offense could not find the net. The defense worked hard and they helped us a lot, because there could've been a lot more goals."

Thor had 12 saves on the night to keep the Packers competitive. Despite only allowing one more goal in the second half, the efforts of Thor weren't enough to prevent a loss for the Packers.

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"Robecca had a lot of nice saves, and it got me excited to watch her play so well in goal," Pires said. "Albert Lea is a tough team, but we played them tough. We just have to work harder to get a goal. There was some nice passing, but we didn't complete them for good shots. The more the girls play together, the more they will learn."

Austin (0-7-1, 0-5-1 Big Nine) play host to Winona on Tuesday night at Art Hass Stadium.

ALBERT LEA 3, JM 0

Rockets fall to 2-4

ALBERT LEA -- Albert Lea swept past John Marshall 3-0 in Big Nine Conference volleyball Thursday.

The host Tigers beat John Marshall 25-16, 25-21, 25-21.

"We struggled all three matches," John Marshall coach Carolyn Bell said. "The team had trouble coming together to execute their offense. Albert Lea ran a nice offense that was fast temple that our defense had trouble reading."

Laurel Beck led the Rockets with six kills. Missy Weispfenning had five ace serves and Chelsea Weisner had five digs

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OWATONNA 3, CENTURY 0

Huskies play like contenders

OWATONNA -- Rochester Century found the going tough against Big Nine Conference contender Owatonna in a 3-0 loss to the Huskies.

Owatonna won the match, 25-13, 25-12, 25-21. The Huskies improved to 5-0, 3-0 in the conference. Century is 1-9, 0-2 in the Big Nine.

"I'm sure it's going to come down to Owatonna and Mayo battling for the conference title again," said Century coach Bob Koerner.

Leaders for Century were Emily Asuncion with 13 set assists, Marie Becker with eight kills, Kim Karwoski with eight digs, and Steph Kuzyk with seven digs.

Century is at JM on Thursday.

COTTER 3, LOURDES 2

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Eagles relinquish two leads

WINONA -- Rochester Lourdes started well but couldn't maintain its momentum in a 3-2 Hiawatha Valley League loss to Winona Cotter on Thursday night.

Lourdes won the first and third games for a pair of leads, but Cotter came back to win the match, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 15-11.

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