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Soccer boys out-hustle, out-maneuver tough Austin, 4-1

The Worthington High School boys soccer team entertained the state-ranked Austin Packers Saturday night at Trojan Field, and they made them look average.

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WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington High School boys soccer team entertained the state-ranked Austin Packers Saturday night at Trojan Field, and they made them look average.

Controlling the game throughout, the Trojans earned a 4-1 victory, outscoring the Pack 3-0 in the first half and never allowing themselves to be seriously threatened in the second. The win pushed the red and black to 5-0 on the season, and they have outscored their opponents 39-2.

The Trojans were faster, quicker and had better foot control than Austin, ranked ninth in Minnesota Class AA. They had better spacing. They were always in the correct position on the field. Their passing was crisper. No Austin player, in fact, was able to match the home team’s players maneuver for maneuver.

“I feel like we all had good confidence in each other,” said sophomore Worthington attacker Jonathan Banegas, who scored his team’s first two goals. “We trusted each other that we were going to win this game, and that’s what we did.”

The unranked Trojans got a third first half goal from senior midfielder Edgar Carrillo, then a fourth was added by senior attacker Elmer Guzman with 14:10 remaining in the second half for a 4-0 WHS lead.

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“We all had good mindsets coming into the game, and we just executed,” Banegas said.

The Trojans took control immediately. Then just four and a half minutes into the contest, on a free kick from the corner by Ulises Barrera, Banegas got the first touch and poked the ball cleanly into the net at close range.

With 25:05 remaining in the half, he broke free on a breakaway and scored from the middle of the field from about 15 feet away, his shot eluding the goalkeeper’s desperate diving save attempt.

At the 8:51 mark, Carrillo took a forward pass and, running hard, caught up to it in the nick of time. He kicked it through a sliver of an opening from the right side of the net on the run, nearly going past his window of opportunity.

Austin needed some offense in the second half to make a game of it, but Worthington was just too quick and focused to let that happen. Guzman made it 4-0 with a well-aimed kick from about 20 yards away. Austin finally scored with 11:16 remaining in the game as the ball got loose in traffic. That was all.

Worthington, with its senior-dominated team was clearly the better outfit Saturday night against an Austin squad that’s still comparatively young.

“Our type of players we have, we’re very strong and we know what we’re doing. It makes other teams look not up to par,” declared Banegas, who said the Trojan’s pre-game goal was to apply pressure.

“Make sure they have no time to themselves. Make sure they have pressure on at all times.”

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“I think the boys came out and played our game,” added Trojans head coach Juan Flores. “We never stopped playing the way we play. Austin is a great team, a young team, and they’re going to get better. We have the utmost respect for them. It’s good to get a win over a team like Austin, because they’re such a good team.”

Austin mentor Jens Levison tipped his hat to the Trojans.

“Worthington always has a strong program. They always show up to play. They hustle on everything, especially 50-50 balls,” he said.

Austin 0 1 -- 1

Worthington 3 1 -- 4

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