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Eagles clip Northfield to stay unbeaten

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The Rochester Lourdes boys soccer team gained an important win over a potential section tournament foe with Monday’s 2-1 win over Northfield at Fuad Mansour Field.

Lourdes took a 1-0 lead in the first half, went up 2-0 early in the second, and then held on with good defense to remain unbeaten.

"This is a really big win for us because it helps us with the seedings in the section," Lourdes coach Tom Kane said. "The guys knew how important this was; if we get the top seed we can play at home throughout the tournament, and that’s what we want."

Michael Tousley scored the first goal on an assist from Nick Good in the first half. Joe Charlesworth used his head to convert a nice cross pass from Sean Garvey just two minutes into the second half.

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"We’ve had goals scored on headers before, but this one was exceptionally nice," Kane noted. "It was into the wind, so the ball was bending."

Northfield scored 13 minutes into the second half on what Kane called a defensive lapse.

Lourdes goalkeeper Kenny Cloft made nine saves and the Eagles had a 13-10 edge in shots on goal.

Lourdes played its fifth straight game without junior midfielder Jon Eickemeyer, who is out with an injury. He will have an MRI on Wednesday, Kane said.

"It’s a big deal to our offense," he said. "We moved a defender, Mike Williamson, into the center middle. When you move guys into new positions at midseason, it’s not an ideal situation."

Lourdes improved to 8-0-2 overall with an HVL game at Stewartville on Tuesday. The Eagles are at Meadow Creek on Thursday.

Lourdes, ranked No. 3 in Class A, gets a shot at No. 1-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret (7-0-2) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Fuad Mansour Field.

Report compiled by Donny Henn .

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