Packers boys, girls lose games against Mankato West
MANKATO — An early lead didn’t last for the Austin Packers boys soccer team in a 3-1 loss to Mankato West on Thursday.
This Big Nine Conference game was tied 1-1 at halftime, but the Mankato West Scarlets then scored a pair of goals in the second half to record the win.
The visiting Packers struck first in this conference contest. Alex Klock of Austin scored the game’s first goal about midway through the first half. The goal by Klock came off a crossing pass from Will Darling.
Packers goalie Ryan Rasell was able to keep the Scarlets offense at bay for most of the first half, but a penalty kick erased the lead. The Scarlets scored on the penalty kick late in the first half and tied the game at intermission.
"We played pretty good soccer in the first half," Austin coach Jens Levisen said. "Then, they scored twice in the second half to win it. We had some good shots, but couldn’t find the net after Alex gave us the early lead."
Austin (7-4-2) plays host to Schaeffer Academy of Rochester on Monday in a non-conference game at Art Hass Stadium.
The conference game against Rochester John Marshall which was rained out this past Tuesday, will be made up a week from Saturday to concluded the regular season.
Girls lose at home
The Austin Packers girls soccer team lost a Big Nine Conference game to Mankato West on Thursday night at Art Hass Stadium.
Despite the valiant efforts of freshman goalie Maing Garcia, the Packers couldn’t stay with the West Scarlets in the conference loss.
The visitors put too much pressure on the net and came away with a 5-1 win in the conference contest.
This was the first game of the week for the Packers after a road game against the Rochester John Marshall Rockets was rained out this past Tuesday. In their previous home game, the Packers tied the Waseca Bluejays 2-2 last Saturday at Hass Stadium.
Austin (2-7-2) goes on the road to New Ulm for a non-conference game on Saturday.