Century runs past the Packers

By Scott A. Kolb

Rochester Century put on a goal scoring clinic in Thursday night’s girls soccer game against the Austin Packers.

Utilizing their superior speed, the visiting Century Panthers ran the goal total into double-digits in the Big Nine Conference game at Art Hass Stadium. The Panthers scored six goals in each half to win 12-0.

Scoring three goals in the opening 13 minutes of the game, the Panthers began their relentless barrage against Packers goalie Maing Garcia. Lizzie Stenhaug, Nicole Verdoorn, and Stephanie Brandt all scored in the initial rush as the Panthers took control right from the start.


Garcia then kept the visitors at bay for the next 10 minutes. The Packers defense was simply overmatched, and they could only contain the powerful Panthers for short stretches.

"We knew going in that they’re a perennial power in the conference, and we would have to come away with something more than just what’s on the scoreboard," Austin coach Mark Raymond said. "It was a learning experience for our girls playing against a team with so much speed and superior ball skills. We divided the game into blocks of four minutes and tried to play with them for those stretches of time."

Despite the best efforts of their young goalie, the Packers couldn’t keep the Panthers out of their zone. Molly McNiven made it 4-0 with just over 18 minutes left in the first half as the Panthers went on another scoring spurt before halftime.

Brandt scored her second goal of the game about a minute later. Lidia Ouk then closed out the first half scoring with goal at 15:47 left in the half. Garcia then prevented any further goals before the teams headed into the halftime break.

"We tried to keep the pace of the game at what we’re used to and work the ball around the field," Century coach Karen LaDue said of the win which kept her team unbeaten at 4-0 in conference play.

The Packers defense managed to keep the Panthers from an all-out attack on the net for the initial seven minutes of the second half. Garcia made a couple of saves, but then the scoring onslaught resumed.

Julia Maxen scored the first goal of the second half for the Panthers. McNiven would later add a pair of goals to get a hat trick on the night.

The Panthers kept it pouring it on in the conference win. Brandt scored on a breakaway for the last goal and she also had a hat trick. The Panthers improved to 8-1 overall on the season.


"They’re a very solid team," Raymond said. "We got a lot of girls in the game, and they got to see how a good team like that works together to score goals."

Austin (2-6-1) plays a non-conference game against Waseca on Saturday at home.

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