PACT boys power through the pitch

PACT Charter School’s boys’ soccer team has been powering its way through the soccer field – or pitch, as they say in Europe – racking up a 5-3-1 win-loss-tie record so far this season.

Rocco Barbato (14) races past a Mustang Sept. 25 as the Panthers beat Maranatha Christian/West Lutheran 6-0. Photo by Sue Austreng

Rocco Barbato (14) races past a Mustang Sept. 25 as the Panthers beat Maranatha Christian/West Lutheran 6-0. Photo by Sue Austreng

Last week, PACT took the field for three games and won two of the three contests.

First, the Panthers traveled to Spectrum-Big Lake for a non-conference match and took a 4-1 win with goals scored by Josiah Callaghan, Drew Zieroth, Brad Gustafson and Josh Carlson.

Next they took on New Life Academy in Woodbury for a Minnesota Christian Athletic Association (MCAA) conference game. The Panthers were down 3-0 throughout the early periods of the game, then powered to the goal, putting the ball in the net three times in the last 10 minutes of the game, ending regulation time with the score 3-3.

In the second five-minute overtime, New Life sneaked one into the goal on a last-minute shot and won the game 4-3.

Last Friday the Panthers hosted Southwest Christian in another MCAA conference contest and took home the 1-0 win.

Drew Zeiroth scored the game’s only goal when he put one in the net during the first two minutes of the game.

Then this past Tuesday, PACT faced off against Maranatha Christian/West Lutheran in another home MCAA conference game.

Once again, the Panthers “showed their growl,” beating Maranatha 6-0.

Next, PACT takes the pitch at Legacy Christian Academy today (Friday). Kick off, 4 p.m.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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