Rochester Century sits atop the Big 9 Conference with a undefeated record that includes four shutouts. With just one victory in its first four games, Austin hasn’t had nearly as smooth a ride.
Respect for the Packers’ program is high. They are No. 9 in the state Class 2A rankings despite their uneven start. Austin (1-1-2, 1-1-1) has made four trips to the state tournament, including three straight from 2017 to 2019. The Packers’ 3-0 loss to Owatonna on Sept. 9 was their first since an Oct. 23, 2019 shootout setback against St. Cloud Tech in the state Class 1A quarterfinals.
Rochester Century, which reached the Class 2A, Section 1 championship last year, is led by midfielder Max Comfere and goaltender Charlie Odell. They have helped the Panthers to a 5-0-0 overall record and a 3-0 start in the Big 9.