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Boys soccer: Another shutout split

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When the Farmington boys soccer team has a game, odds are somebody is going to get shut out.

The Tigers blanked New Prague, 2-0, and got blanked by Prior Lake, 6-0, last week, putting their record at 4-8 with three games remaining in the regular season. Of those 12 games there have been nine shutouts, with the Tigers claiming all four of their victories in shutout fashion.

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Thursday's loss to Prior Lake in the final home game of the season came with goalkeeper Derian Vietti, Justin Thelen, Tyler Petter-McCauley and Taylor Kampa all out with injuries. Reid Wolf and Matt Rudorfer also suffered injuries during the game, leaving the Tigers to play shorthanded against the Lakers.

"The week has taken its toll on the boys. Homecoming week with everything that goes on and 240 minutes of game time this week is starting to show," first-year head coach Julian Buss said. "We obviously missed having our full squad. That being said, our players played a tough game."

With Vietti out, midfielder Brandon Scott and JV goalie Sam Peterson split time in the goal. Buss said both did a good job considering the number of opportunities the Lakers were given.

"Both goalies did a good job in the net," he said. "Prior Lake just had too many set opportunities such as direct free kicks, throw-ins and corners in front of the net."

The Tiger defense had less trouble controlling New Prague's attack on Tuesday, shutting out the first-year Trojans for the second time this season.

Thelen opened the scoring in the 12th minute on a pass from Scott. The score stayed 1-0 until Cole Landwehr deposited the ball into the net at the 27-minute mark of the first half with an assist going to Petter-McCauley.

Vietti left the game with a knee injury late in the second half and Scott check into the goal to preserve the shutout.

The Tigers resume their schedule this week with a Tuesday road game at No. 10-ranked Northfield and a road trip to Shakopee tonight. The regular season concludes next Tuesday with a 5 p.m. game at Red Wing.

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