PACT boys enter section quarterfinals in soccer

A penalty shootout gave the PACT boys’ soccer team the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association (MCAA) conference tournament title.

PACT goalkeeper Dan Jacklen stops a shot as the Panthers beat Bethany Academy Oct. 3 in the first round of the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association (MCAA) conference tournament. This week’s section tournament action had PACT advance to the quarterfinals. Photo courtesy of Rick Gustafson

PACT goalkeeper Dan Jacklen stops a shot as the Panthers beat Bethany Academy Oct. 3 in the first round of the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association (MCAA) conference tournament. This week’s section tournament action had PACT advance to the quarterfinals. Photo courtesy of Rick Gustafson

In the final Oct. 3 against Bethany Academy with the game tied 1-1 after two overtimes, a shootout was necessary to decide the winner.

And that winner was PACT, making three of its shots to Bethany’s one.

Josh Carlson, Danny Mooers and Josiah Callaghan converted the penalty kicks for PACT, and Panthers goalkeeper Dan Jacklen stopped two of Bethany’s penalty kicks in the shoot out to secure the win.

PACT won its first section game 5-2 against Spectrum Oct. 9. Danny Mooers, Phil Shoemaker, Brad Gustafson each scored one goal, while Josh Carlson put the ball in the net twice in that game.

Next up, PACT takes on Prairie Seeds Academy in quarterfinal section play. Kick off is noon tomorrow (Saturday) at Prairie Seeds.

In end of the regular season games, the Panthers tied Legacy 1-1 in two overtimes Sept. 28 with Josh Carlson scoring PACT’s only goal.

The following day, with three starters absent and only one substitute available, the Panthers lost to Monticello 6-2.

Oct. 1 had PACT at Rockford High School where the Panthers suffered a 1-0 shut-out loss.

Although control of play action seemed in PACT’s favor throughout the game, a Rockford corner kick found its way into the net and turned out to be the game’s only goal.

PACT turned things around Oct. 2 when it beat Watertown Mayer High School 3-1 with goals scored by Danny Mooers, Josh Carlson and Drew Zeiroth.

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


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