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First half close for Austin girls, then…

By Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Austin goalie Taylor Jenkins and her defense kept the powerful offense of Rochester Mayo in check for nearly 80 minutes of Tuesday night’s girls soccer game at Art Hass Stadium.

The visiting Mayo Spartans scored only one goal in the first half and led 1-0 at halftime. The Austin Packers defense kept the game close throughout most of the second half, but then the Spartans finished with a flurry.

Mayo scored five goals in a five-minute span late in the second half en route to a 6-0 Big Nine Conference victory over the Austin girls. Jenkins hit double-digits in save totals on the night, but the Packers couldn’t stay with the Spartans down the stretch.

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"Their keeper was covering everything we threw at her," Mayo coach Dave Bahr said. "She (Jenkins) really had an outstanding game. It was toe-to-toe for 70 out of the 80 minutes we played."

The Spartans’ victory sets up a showdown on Thursday against the Owatonna Huskies at Mayo Stadium for the Big Nine Conference championship. The winner of that game will win the conference title.

Keri Pickel had three goals to lead Mayo with a hat trick against Austin. Gina Gibson, Kaylee Kurth, and Jessica Johnston each added a goal in the win.

Steph Mathiowetz played in goal for Mayo, but Austin didn’t have a shot on net. Mayo had 20 shots on goal, 16 of those in the second half.

Austin (2-10-1) goes on the road Thursday night for a conference game against Mankato East.

Report compiled by Scott Kolb

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