Sophomore sparks Mayo in comeback
Sophomore Mary Claire McGregor had a break-out for Rochester Mayo in the Spartans' 3-1 comeback win over Mankato West at Mayo on Tuesday.
McGregor scored two goals in the game. The first tied the score 1-1 at 10 minutes into the second half. Danielle Stead sent her a crossing pass on the play, and McGregor got free in front of an empty net.
Six minutes later, Mayo's speedy Linnea Johnson scored on a breakway following a pass from Karolina Heraldsdottir.
McGregor got her second goal at 36 minutes on an assist from Stead.
McGregor has been playing sparingly this season, but coach Dave Bahr used her Tuesday because of her ball ˚handling; skills. He also moved Erin Boese to the stopper position. "It looked like (Boese) had played the position all year," Bahr said.
Mayo took 25 shots on goal to Mankato West's 11. Spartans goalkeeper Ally Holmquist made 10 saves.
Mayo (7-8-1, 5-3-1 overall) plays host to John Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Albert Lea over JM in OT
Albert Lea beat Rochester John Marshall 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night at JM stadium.
Laura Hilman of Albert Lea caught the JM defense flat and scored back-to-back goals six and eight minutes into the game to stake the Tigers to a quick 2-0 lead.
"Albert Lea came out strong and capitalized on our mistakes and lack of intensity," said JM coach John Endicott.
JM struggled through the first half but managed to hold Albert Lea to the two scores. The second half was different.
"I was very proud to see the girls pull themselves together and play a good hard match," Endicott said.
With 10 minutes remaining, Katie Quinones spun around with the ball 5 yards from the net and fired a shot past the Albert Lea goalie to put JM on the scoreboard. Then, with only 14 seconds remaining in the game, Quinones scored again on a one-on-one with the keeper to tie it 2-2 and send the game into overtime.
"The entire bench was on their feet when Katie broke through the defense and started dribbling at the Albert Lea goalie," Endicott said.
The thrill of the tie, however, was short-lived. Albert Lea scored two minutes into the first overtime period with a shot by Crystal Rentz to put the Tigers up 3-2. JM fought back and threatened several times, but Albert Lea was able to hold the Rockets scoreless in the two overtime periods to win 3-2.
JM plays Mayo at Mayo stadium on Thursday. The Rockets are 5-4-2 in Big Nine play and 6-6-3 overall.
Century blasts Austin
Rochester Century didn't treat visiting Austin with much kindness in a girls soccer game Tuesday at Century. The Panthers outshot Austin 30-2 and came away with a 4-0 win.
Both Austin shots came in the first half. In the second half, when Century had the wind at its back, the Packers didn't get a shot.
"Our defense has really stepped up," said Century coach Karen LaDue. She said Christy Martenson and Maria Prendergast both played strong games.
"They controlled the midfield," said LaDue.
Amelia Kasten put the Panthers on the scoreboard with a goal in the first half as Century took a 1-0 lead at halftime. Prendergast scored 26 seconds into the second half. Katie Harris and Martenson each scored to round out the scoring. All four goal-scorers are juniors.
Century is 9-0-1 in the Big Nine Conference and 12-3-1 overall.
The Schaeffer Academy Lions played host Tuesday to Rosemount Christian School in soccer. Rosemount handed Schaeffer its third loss, 6-0. Next Tuesday, Schaeffer plays host to Owatonna Christian School at 4 p.m. at Watson Field No. 1.
Byron 2, La Crescent 1
Byron defeated Caledonia for the second time this season, but this win at Byron was much closer than the 6-2 game earlier at Caledonia.
"La Crescent had two players back who didn't play in our first meeting, and that has really helped them; they are a very good team now," said Byron coach Marc Stangler.
Stangler said his defense responded to some recent changes and played "extremely well." The Bears improved to 9-7 overall with their second straight win.
After a scoreless first half, Mallory Gehrking scored unassisted at 49 minutes to give Byron a 1-0 lead. La Crescent tied it six minutes later on a free kick by Emily Heichel.
Byron got the game winner with four minutes remaining on an unassisted goal by Krista Ryan.
Byron entertains Winona Cotter on Thursday at 7 p.m.