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Boys soccer roundup -- Lourdes edges Caledonia

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

CALEDONIA — Jon Eickemeyer scored unassisted from 20 yards midway through the second half and lifted Rochester Lourdes to a 1-0 win over Caledonia in a non-conference boys soccer game.

Lourdes improved to 10-3-1 overall and notched an important win as playoff time approaches. Caledonia, a potential opponent in the Section 1A tournament, is 8-4-1.

"It’s a big win because of their record," Lourdes coach Tom Kane said. "It’s getting close to seeding time and their part of our section, and we’re trying to secure the top seed so we have to keep on winning."

Kane said Caledonia is a dangerous team.

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"They’re actually a very good team; they did a nice job of making us work for it," he said. "They definitely get fired up to play us; their stands were full and they were cheering."

Lourdes’ next game is against Rochester Mayo at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rochester Regional Sports Stadium.

CENTURY 1, FARIBAULT 1

Panthers rally for tie

Senior Taylor Hernandez scored 13 minutes into the second half to help Rochester Century rally for a tie in boys soccer against Big Nine Conference opponent Faribault at Century Stadium.

Patrick Prendergast assisted on the goal, which evened the score after the Falcons grabbed a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Century outshot Faribault 20-10, with Andrew McCreadie playing in goal for the Panthers.

"It was a very competitive game, very hard-fought," Century coach Brent Johnson said. "Faribault is a much-improved team.

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"We had a very strong second half and were able to get quite a few opportunities, we just weren’t able to capitalize on some of them."

Century (8-5-1) plays at Blaine at 11 a.m. Saturday.

JM 2, FOREST LAKE 1

Rockets earn first win

ROCHESTER — John Marshall has finally done it. They have their first win of the season, coming from behind and beating Forest Lake, 2-1.

"The boys were excited big time," said JM coach Tony Birch.

But it wasn’t without a fight. Forest Lake scored with 20 minutes left in the first half to go ahead of the Rockets.

That 1-0 deficit is how the teams went into halftime, but a speech by co-captain Hector Garcia at the half changed the outcome of the game.

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"Going into halftime we admitted to ourselves that we got totally outplayed in the first half," said Birch. "Then Hector gave nice halftime comments about how the team could play harder and better, and had to challenge themselves."

That is exactly what they did.

The Rockets kept it on Forest Lake’s end the second half, and took over the game.

"We didn’t look like a winless team that second half," said Birch. "The first half was typical with our other games, but the second half we played with more enthusiasm, we created a lot more scoring opportunities and we played a lot stronger physically."

Those were the keys to the game with Braedon Wieseler scoring a goal with 10 minutes left in the game, assisted by Mohamed Ibrahim.

Ibrahim followed shortly after with a goal of his own assisted by Michael Movall.

Nathan Bartz had 11 saves for the Rockets.

The win moves the Rockets to 1-9-2 overall, 0-4-2 in the Big Nine.

They will play Fairbault next Tuesday.

"The positive attitude, and the confidence that they can play well," is what the team will hope to continue said Birch.

MAYO 1, EAST 1, 2 OT

Two OT’s not enough

ROCHESTER — The Mayo Spartans took on Mankato East Thursday night, and fought to a draw after two overtime periods, 1-1.

Mankato East scored first, 22 minutes into the first half, "when a cross from their right midfielder was accidentally deflected from a Spartan defender into the Spartan net," said Mayo coach Charles Abboud.

Twelve minutes later, Mayo responded when senior Nick Priebe scored off a pass from junior Abdirazzak Sabrie.

The next 50 minutes were all defense with neither team scoring.

"Mankato East, as expected from their record of 9-2-2, were a strong team and they played hard and well enough to earn the tie," said Abboud. "However, I feel that, in this game, they also had luck on their side. The Spartans missed a penalty kick, an event that has not happened in Spartan soccer games for a very long time.

"And, although the Spartans outshot their opponents 22 to 10 they couldn’t find the back of Mankato’s net."

Mayo is now 8-1-1 overall, and 5-0-1 in the Big Nine. They will face Lourdes on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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