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It’s a sweep for Mayo

Spartans blank JM twice; Lourdes boys also roll

Post-Bulletin staff

Rochester Mayo earned a sweep over cross-town rival John Marshall in boys and girls soccer on Tuesday.

Both Mayo teams won without surrendering a goal.

The Spartans boys stayed unbeaten in Big Nine Conference play (4-0, 7-1 overall) by scoring three times in each half for a 6-0 victory at John Marshall, and the Spartans girls won 3-0 on their home field.

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In the boys game, Mayo put 24 shots on goal, to just seven for the Rockets.

"I think that we played our best game of the season," Mayo coach Charles Abboud said, "against a Rocket team that displayed courage, perseverance and tenacity for the whole game."

Midhat Mujic scored consecutive unassisted goals midway through the first half to give the Spartans a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime. Sami Ouda, Matt Zietlow and Abdirazzak Sabrie scored in the second half.

Liz Joyce, Mary Grace Flesher and Sara Backlund scored for the Mayo girls in their victory over John Marshall.

Joyce scored the only goal of the first half.

Flesher, the second-leading scorer in the state in Class AA, put Mayo up 2-0 with eight minutes remaining in the game.

Backlund scored three minutes later to cap the scoring and seal the Spartans’ shutout.

"JM came out and really dominated us in the first 15 minutes," said Mayo coach Dave Bahr. "We were able to regroup, and we played pretty decent after that."

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In other soccer action on Tuesday:

• The sixth-ranked Rochester Lourdes boys rolled to a 10-0 victory over Stewartville in a Hiawatha Valley League match.

Eight players scored at least one goal for the Eagles, with Joe Charlesworth scoring two. After a stretch of games against other state-ranked teams, the Eagles (9-3-1) now have a week off before returning to action next Tuesday against Kasson-Mantorville at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium.

• Mankato East scored three second-half goals to pull away from Rochester Century in Mankato for a 5-1 win. Abdi Mohamed scored the Panthers’ lone goal.

• The Rochester Century girls routed Mankato East in a Big Nine Conference match, 9-0.

Lizzie Stenhaug scored three goals for the Panthers, while Lauren Briscoe had three points (two goals, one assist).

Steph Brandt led Century with a five-point game. Brandt scored two goals and assisted on three others.

Lidia Ouk and Julia Maxen scored once each.

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