Austin Falls in Heartbreaker in State Soccer Semifinals

October 30, 2017 08:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Austin Packers boys soccer team was undefeated on the pitch this fall—until Monday.

The Packers, the no.3 seed in Class A, fell to no.2 seed St. Thomas Academy Cadets on Monday at U.S. Bank Stadium, 4-3, in double overtime of the Class A state semifinals.


Packers senior L.J. Okal, junior Mooday Wah, and junior Elton Tolbert each scored a goal for the Packers in the first half, giving Austin a 3-1 lead at halftime.

“We played good in the first half, but then we started playing soft,” Wah said. “We were outworking them most of the game, but that’s how soccer goes.”

The Cadets stormed back in the second-half, scoring two goals to force overtime, then following a throw-in, the Cadets scored the game-winning goal in the second-overtime to clinch a spot in Thursday’s Class A state championship game.

“Today was their day. I felt like we had opportunities that were close and they could’ve likely gone our way," Packers head coach Jens Levisen said. "I wouldn’t take anything away from the way my players played. I don’t think anyone planned we’d be up 3-1 at half, but that didn’t change our approach in the second half.”

"We hadn't played a team within the top three, so it was good to see that. We felt that we could play with them, and we were even better at times."

The Packers (18-1-2) will play no.1 seed Orono in the Class A third-place game on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.


Sean Tehan

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