Austin Packers win 4th straight section title

Garrett Short
Created: October 21, 2020 11:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Class of 2021 for the Austin boys soccer team has turned Spamtown into title town for the fourth straight year.

 It was the case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object Wednesday evening in St. Charles. Austin faced off against a Dover-Eyota that, like the Packers, entered the night without a mark in the loss column.

The Packers and Eagles traded punches in the first half. The Packers weren't timing their runs perfectly, leading to numerous offsides calls. However, the persistence of their offense paid off, with Andres Garcia burying a shot off a breakaway before the intermission.

The second half was a much different story, perhaps due to senior star and Mr. Minnesota finalist Henry Tolbert being limited after limping off the field at the end of the first half. Just a few minutes into the second half, the Eagles drew a foul in Austin's box, and McKray Tuma found the net on the penalty kick to knot things up at one.

The offenses threw haymakers the rest of regulation, with both teams almost scoring the go-ahead, but the game moved on to overtime where both offenses stalled.

In the shootout, Austin goalkeeper Casey Berg rose to the occasion. Berg showed why he has aspirations to play soccer at the next level, stopping a pair of penalty kicks to clinch the section title for the Packers, preserving a perfect season with the lack of a state tournament.

"Especially some of those guys that were juniors and lost on PKs last year in the state tournament...Right? To come into penalties and to come out, and Casey the goalkeeper, he was the goalkeeper last year. I mean for him to save two of them for our guys that took shots not to miss anything. You know? They have definitely left a legacy," Head Coach Jens Levisen said.

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