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Spartans stay unbeaten in Big Nine

Liam Hathaway got Rochester Mayo off to a strong start in the second half, leading the Spartans to a 2-0 win over Owatonna in Big Nine Conference boys soccer.

Hathaway bounced away from three defenders, and placed a ball perfectly to Nik Brozovich. Brozovich then took a left-footed shot to beat the Owatonna goalkeeper.

A few minutes later the Spartans were awarded a free kick from about 25 yards out. Luke Zietlow drilled a perfect ball into the upper right corner of the net to finish the night's scoring.

Mayo is 3-0-1 in the Big Nine and 4-2-2 overall. Mayo hosts Mankato East at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mayo 2, Owatonna 0

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Owatonna 0 0 — 0

Mayo 0 2 — 2

Owatonna:No stats provided.

Mayo:Luke Zietlow 1 goal; Nikolas Brozovich 1 goal; Liam Hathaway 1 assist. Goalie: Justin Aldrich 5 saves.

John Marshall 2, Faribault 2

FARIBAULT — John Marshall snapped a two-game losing skid and scored their most goals in a game this season in a draw with Faribault on Tuesday.

John Marshall opened the scoring with 16 minutes left in the first half when Jonathan Underdahl received a pass from Meola Cheak and out-ran a Faribault player down the sideline to score.

Faribault scored a goal late in the first half to even the score by halftime. Faribault took a 2-1 lead just 1:10 into the second half.

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The Rockets evened the score about 10 minutes into the half when Cheak found Adnan Mustic with a through ball and Adnan converted the breakaway. Overtime was scoreless.

JM (0-7-2) has a home game Thursday against Century.

John Marshall 2, Faribault 2

John Marshall 1 1 — 2

Faribault 1 1 — 2

John Marshall:Jonathan Underdahl 1 goal; Adnan Mustic 1 goal; Meola Cheak 2 assists. Goalie: Jacob Garvey 10 saves.

Faribault:No stats provided.

Lourdes 2, Byron 1

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BYRON — Byron gave Rochester Lourdes a scare before bowing 2-1 to the No. 4 ranked Eagles in Hiawatha Valley League boys soccer Tuesday.

The game was tied at halftime, 1-1. The contest remained close despite Lourdes outshooting the Bears 21-3. It was Lourdes' third game in the last four nights.

"Not to take anything away from Bryon as they played a very inspired game," Lourdes coach Tom Kane said. "The played a strong defensive game with tremendous hustle that helped frustrate the Eagles."

Kane said his shooters showed signs of tired legs, as they struggled finding the net.

The Eagles got goals from Robert Simari and Gabe Salerno. Assists went to Simari and Alan Schembri-Wismayer. Byron got its goal from Dillon Von Berge. Ryan Thorpe had eight saves for the Bears.

Lourdes moved to 4-0-0 in the HVL and 6-2-0 overall.

Lourdes 2, Byron 1

Lourdes 1 1 — 2

Byron 1 0 — 1

Lourdes:Robert Simari 1 goal, 1 assist; Alan Schembri-Wismayer 1 assist; Gabe Salerno 1 goal. GoalieWill Elder 1 saves;

Byron:Dillon Von Berge 1 goal. Goalie: Ryan Thorpe 8 saves.

Century 2, Winona 1

Winona capitalized on Rochester Century's handful of mistakes and rode to a 2-1 win in Big Nine Conference boys soccer Tuesday.

The Winhawks grabbed a 2-1 halftime lead and were able to hang on.

"Once again, we made mistakes that the other team capitalized," Century coach Hal Houghton said. "Lack of experience and (our) youth have been part of the reason for these types of mistakes. As we mature we will be able to take better advantage of opportunities as they arise and give up fewer opportunities to other teams."

Despite the loss and those mistakes, Houghton saw some positives.

"We had moments of very good soccer," Houghton said. "At times (it was) our best, most natural play of the season. As a team we pressured the field better than we have all season. Despite the score, it was an evenly played game."

Century's Jack Koplin had the Panthers' lone goal.

Century is 1-3 in the Big Nine, 2-7 overall.

Winona 2, Century 1

Winona 2 0 — 2

Century 1 0 — 1

Winona:Dante Degrazia 1 goal; Les Poling 1 goal.

Century:Jack Koplin 1 goal. Goalie: Christian Laing 5 saves.

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