(Jacob is on the near side with the black knee brace on)
The Austin boys soccer team got the whole team involved in an 11-0 win over Pine Island/Zumbrota/Mazeppa at Art Hass Stadium.
The Packers (5-2 overall) attempted 48 shots and had eight different players score a goal as they cruised to victory. Jacob Brehmer knocked in a career-high three scores for Austin, but he was just as happy to see his teammates get off the bench in the second half.
“We had a bunch of guys get in and score who probably didn’t think they were going to get in,” he said. “That was good.”
Brehmer’s third goal bounced off the top post and deflected off the PIZM goal keeper for a score.
Alex Klock knocked in a point blank shot and Brehmer knocked in a corner kick from Rolando Rubio on a header 15 minutes into the game.
Rubio finished with four assists for Austin as he made a habit out of penetrating the defense and dishing off.
“This game I was just looking to pass and we were playing as a team instead of people looking for their own shot,” said Rubio, a junior. “It was fun, because everyone got in.”
Francisco Torres knocked in a crossing pass from Rubio to make it 4-0 in the 31st minute and Martin Manocchio, who scored twice, booted a 30-yard shot through the goal with four seconds left in the first half.
“We moved the ball around well and we created some opportunities,” Austin head coach Jens Levisen said.
In the second half, Jacob Larson had a goal and an assist for Austin, Lucas Akkerman scored a goal, freshman Jake Hagen-Erickson had a goal and an assist, Andrew Striker scored a goal, and Klock had an assist.
Akkerman and Striker had their first career varsity goals.
The Packers reduced their lineup to nine players with 28 minutes left and still scored twice. They reduced the lineup to eight players with 10 minutes left and scored one last time.
“I didn’t want us to keep pounding on them. We had already done enough to show that we were the better team,” Levisen said. “I never feel quite right after a game like this. The guys have worked so hard and they know how to play the game. That’s reflected in the score, but I didn’t want it to be that much. You can’t stop them from playing soccer.”
Austin keeper Ryan Rasell had five saves, but he made a diving stop and a point blank stop in the last 10 minutes.
Austin will host its youth soccer night Thursday. All youth soccer players wearing a jersey will get in for free and there will be two youth games at halftime.