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Boyd's goal boosts Century boys to overtime victory over Mayo

Behind Dylan Boyd's goal and assist, Rochester Century defeated Rochester Mayo 2-1 in overtime Thursday at Mayo Stadium.

Boyd made a perfect cross to fellow forward Paul Dawson in front of the Mayo net four minutes into the first five-minute overtime. Dawson headed the ball in for the winner.

"Dylan made a nice turn on the left wing and served a great ball across to the middle," said Century coach Brent Johnson. "Paul was open to nod it home. He was open by two or three yards."

It was Dawson's 21st goal of the season, to go along with five assists.

It was the second meeting this season between the teams, with Century winning both times. The teams had been in a three-way tie for first in the Big Nine Conference with Rochester John Marshall.

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Boyd also had a hand in Century's first goal. A shot by Abu Farah ricocheted off the post right to Boyd. He put the ball in the net, knotting the score at 1-1.

Brandon Schlichter had put the Spartans in front 1-0 with a goal in the first minute of the second half.

The Panthers outshot Mayo 22-17.

Patrick McBride made seven saves in goal for Century; Mike Nimtz had six saves for Mayo.

"The conditions were pretty brutal," Johnson said, adding that the middle third of the field was a squishy quagmire. "That means, defensively, you must be patient. Because of the precarious footing, the attacker has a decided advantage because he knows where he is going. If you try to take the ball and miss, it is very difficult to catch up."

Johnson said he was very pleased with the play of his defenders, especially Farah and Dustin Harford.

Century, now 7-1 in the Big Nine and 9-3 overall, is at Mankato East on Saturday. Mayo slips to 6-2 in the Big Nine, 6-3-1 overall, and is at Albert Lea on Tuesday.

Lourdes wins again

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Rochester Lourdes got its third win of the week, as the Eagles beat South St. Paul, the No. 8-ranked team in Class A, 3-0 at Watson Field. On Monday, Lourdes bombed Winona Cotter 11-0 and then beat Rochester Century 3-0 on Tuesday.

Forward Tim Macken opened the scoring at the 13-minute mark of the first half. It was Macken's 23rd goal in just 14 games. He also has nine assists on the year. Paul Stellpflug assisted Macken on the play.

Ben Passe gave Lourdes a two-goal lead in the 25th minute with help from James Kertis. Kertis then wrapped up the scoring with a goal of his own 20 minutes into the second half. Max DeGroen picked up an assist.

"Anytime you can beat a ranked team, it's good," said Lourdes coach Tom Kane.

Paul D'Agnolo faced seven shots in the Eagles' goal. D'Agnolo got his third shutout of the week, and sixth this season. Lourdes, which improved to 11-1-2 with the win, had 14 shots on goal.

Lourdes has another tough week coming up. It begins on Monday with a game at Kasson-Mantorville, and continues Tuesday with a game against Rochester John Marshall at Watson.

West slips past JM

On a wet, slippery field in Mankato, Rochester John Marshall started strong, but couldn't hold off a good Mankato West team.

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The Scarlets scored on a free kick with 6:03 remaining to send the Rockets back to Rochester with a 3-2 loss.

John Marshall scored first, at 56 seconds on a goal from Ker Atak, who took a pass from Halil Dudakovic. Halfway through the first period, West tied the score and it was 1-1 at halftime.

Eight minutes into the second half, it was Atak again scoring to give the Rockets the lead, this time hitting the net on a deflection from Dudakovic. But West again tied the score and then got the winner on a well-placed free kick into the upper right corner.

It was just the second loss this season for the Rockets, who are 9-2-1 overall.

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