H.S. Boys Soccer | Mayo 5, Owatonna 0
Mayo cruises past No. 2 Huskies
OWATONNA — Rochester Mayo went into Owatonna Saturday as the underdog against the No. 2 seed in the Section One, Class AA boys soccer tournament.
The No. 2 seed Huskies were coming off their first Big Nine championship in their history.
But the No. 3 seed Spartans dominated the game from the start and cruised to a 5-0 win.
Mayo (13-5-0) will play host to No. 4 seed Century (11-5-2) in the section championship game on Tuesday night.
Mayo attacked the net early and often, outshooting Owatonna 22-7 in shots on goal. The defense, led by Brad Fisher and Kyle Solie, was solid in shutting down a formidable Huskie offense.
14 minutes into the game, junior Sami Ouda took a shot on goal in a free kick situation. The ricochet was attacked by Spartans strikers and kicked in by senior Rodrigo Lepervanche.
Six minutes later, sophomore Abdelrazzak Sabrie found the net off of a corner kick by Charlie Hannon.
Just before the half, senior Brandon Borillo avoided two defenders in the Huskies penalty box and hit the net with a low hard shot.
The Spartans came out attacking again in the second half, already leading 3-0 with a 16-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Less than a minute into the second half, Lepervanche received a long pass from midfielder Matt Zietlow and again found the goal.
Brent Miller passed to Matt Holmstead through defenders and Holmstead drilled the ball into the net to wrap up the scoring in an impressive game for Mayo.
The team "exhibited confidence, poise, and kept up relentless pressure on the Huskies for the whole 80 minutes," said coach Charles Abboud.
The Spartans will host the Century Panthers at 7 pm on Tuesday.