Abdulmajid Said

Abdulmajid Said and the Faribault defense combined to shut out Mankato East in Tuesday’s road victory. (Mike Randleman/Faribault Daily News)

It’s been tough for opponents to crack the Faribault defense in the opening weeks of the season.

The Falcon boys (4-0, 2-0 Big 9) stayed perfect thanks to their second shutout of the season coming 2-0 Tuesday at Mankato East (1-4, 1-3 Big 9).

The Falcons pulled away from a 0-0 tie at halftime and limited the Cougars to three shots.

Faribault put up 12 shots.

Faribault returns home to host Albert Lea (0-3, 0-3 Big 9) 7 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers are without a goal on the season, but they’ll have the attention of the Falcons. Albert Lea upset Faribault 3-2 last year in a matchup that preceded a five-game Faribault win streak and a four-game Albert Lea skid.

State rankings released

The first state top 10 rankings of the season were released Sept. 1 by the Minnesota Soccer Coaches Association.

The Big 9 is represented in the Class A ranking by No. 9 Austin.

There are no Section 2A teams in the top 10.

Class A — 1. Blake, 2. Academy of Holy Angels, 3. DeLaSalle, 4. Totino-Grace, 5. Breck, 6. Orono, 7. St. Thomas Academy, 8. St. Paul Como Park, 9. Austin, 10. Waconia

Class AA — 1. Edina, 2. Minnetonka, 3. St. Louis Park, 4. Minneapolis Washburn, 5. Woodbury, 6. Wayzata, 7. Lakeville North, 8. East Ridge, 9. Shakopee, 10. Maple Grove

Reach Sports Editor Mike Randleman at 507-333-3119 or on Twitter @fdnmike.

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