JM wins behind goalkeeper's efforts
Ninth-ranked Rochester John Marshall scored three goals in the second half, and goalkeeper Pascaul Venter turned away all of Owatonna's shots in the Rockets' 4-0 boys soccer victory Thursday night at John Marshall Stadium.
It was the Big Nine opener for JM, which is 2-0-1 overall.
Venter made five saves as the Rockets outshot Owatonna 21-5.
Sophomore Halil Dudakovic scored two goals, including one on a free kick with one minute left in the game. Senior Ted Fairclough scored a goal and got an assist.
Fairclough's goal in the second half came on a hard, low shot from 35 yards out on a rebound of a blast from the left side by Ker Atak.
Adam Schmelzer scored the Rockets' opening goal in the second half with an assist by Phonchai See.
"Owatonna played physical and motivated," said JM coach Tony Birch. "I would say the experience and leadership of Fairclough and Dudakovic made the team come through in the end."
Dawson guides Century
Paul Dawson had his way against Albert Lea, and it led to an easy 9-0 Big Nine Conference victory for Century.
Dawson, a senior sweeper, had a hat trick by the end of the first half. He finished with four goals in the game, including four of his team's first five. He also notched an assist.
Century dominated from start to finish and had a 34-8 edge in shots on goal.
"We got into a nice rhythm early and things flowed for us," Century coach Brent Johnson said.
Abu Farah had two goals and two assists, Yaw Aning had a goal and an assist, and Nate Eckberg had two assists. Also, Jordan McNiven and Dustin Harford scored their first varsity goals.
The Panthers are 1-0 in the Big Nine and 2-1 overall. Century plays host to Rochester Mayo at 7 p.m. next Thursday.
Mayo whips East
Rochester Mayo got two goals apiece from Pete Bartleson, Ali Ahmed, Felix Ntow and Dave Thomason as it rolled past Mankato East 10-0 in Big Nine Conference action.
Wade Piazza and Lorenzo Rinaldo each scored single goals for the Spartans.
Mayo blitzed East in the first half, grabbing a 9-0 lead.
Mayo coach Charles Abboud was pleased with his team's focus.
"As the goal margin widened, (the Spartans) kept up their disciplined teamwork and did not get arrogantly sloppy," Abboud said.
Mayo moved to 2-0 in the Big Nine. It plays host to Minneapolis Roosevelt at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Nine Eagles scored goals as Rochester Lourdes ripped Byron 15-2.
Tyler Kodet scored four goals, Tim Macken three and Paul Stellpflug two. Pat Larson, Andrew Forliti, Aaron Good, Brian Welch, Ben Passe and James Kertis scored one goal each. Kertis had three assists and Macken two.
David Kurland and Matt Lembach shared goalkeeping duties.
Lourdes is off until Tuesday with a road game against Winona Cotter.