Scarlet girls’ soccer defeats Austin in Section 2A Playoffs

Wests Lexi Peterson and Austins Chloe Sheehan battle for the ball. Peterson had 2 goals during the game.

Wests Lexi Peterson and Austins Chloe Sheehan battle for the ball. Peterson had 2 goals during the game.

By Joe Steck – Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. — The Mankato West High School girls’ soccer team handed Austin an 11-0 defeat in the second round of section 2A playoffs Thursday at the Caswell North Soccer Complex.

With the win the Scarlets improve to 15-2 and will host Saint Peter (11-4-2) on Tuesday at Caswell with a 5:00 pm scheduled start.

The Scarlets and the Packers played early in the season and West came away with a 1-0 victory. That was the regular season and as the saying goes, everything is different in the playoffs. The Scarlets learned from their first meeting and dominated the game from the start, taking most of their shots within the 18 yard box, enabling them to take an early lead and get bench players valuable playoff experience in the second half.

The Scarlets scored 5 goals in the first half with Rachel Luedtke and Lexi Peterson both scoring two goals and the final goal being knocked in the net by an Austin player.

Luedtke started the scoring for the Scarlets, placing a shot from inside the 18 over the Packer keeper at 6:09. Shelby Lund was credited with the assist.

Rachel Luedtke with a header for her second goal of the game.

Rachel Luedtke with a header for her second goal of the game.

Luedtke scored again at 9:41 when she headed a corner kick from Kristen Rasmussen into the net.

Peterson scored the next two goals for the Scarlets at 14:09 and 33:51.

Luedtke passed the ball to Peterson who worked the ball into the center of the 18 foot box where she drove the ball past the keeper. Her second goal came off a pass from Hope Walz.

The final goal of the half came at 36:53. Lund took the ball from midfield and raced all the way inside the 18. There was a battle inside the box and the ball deflected off an Austin player into the net for a 5-0 Scarlet led.

McKenna Buisman started the scoring in the second half when she hammered a shot from outside the 18 yard box at 45:14.

Ashley Gustavson made in 7-0 at 46:36 when she received a pass from Buisman off a corner kick.

Amber Frederick played tough defense and had an assist for the Scarlets.

Amber Frederick played tough defense and had an assist for the Scarlets.

Buisman put in her second goal of the game at 48:58 off an assist from Amber Frederick.

Katie Roberts made the final three goals of the game at 58:27, 64:25 and 71:49 with an assist from Katie Roberts and two from Rasmussen.

Goals: Roberts (3), Buisman (2), Luedtke (2), Peterson (2), Gustavson (1), Lund (1)

Assists: Frederick (1), Walz (1), Luedtke (1), Rasmussen (3), Buisman (1)

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