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Farmington senior forward Leslie Adjei battles with a Lakeville South player during last Tuesday's win at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers won two games last week to even their record at 2-2.

Boys soccer: FHS is back on track

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It became clear last week why Farmington boys soccer coach Julian Buss wasn't overly concerned about his team's 0-2 start to the season.

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The Tigers seemed to have no trouble bouncing back from a pair of shutout losses as they scored a pair of 3-1 victories over Lakeville South and Rochester John Marshall at Tiger Stadium.

"Four games down and we are in a good position," Buss said. "We are 2-1 in Section 1AA games and .500 after playing four quality opponents."

Tyler Petter-McCauley and Jared Wolt each scored three goals last week. Petter-McCauley notched two against John Marshall last Thursday, including the first of the game at the 26:19 mark of the first half with an assist from Wolt.

Wolt scored a goal of his own 26 minutes into the second half when he headed in a pass from Blake Smith. Smith added another assist in the final six minutes when Petter-McCauley volleyed in a long throw-in to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage.

Isaac Teonjes got the start in goal against the Rockets and stopped 16 shots.

The Tigers did all their damage in the first half of last Tuesday's win over a Lakeville South team they lost to 1-0 late last season.

All three of the team's goals came on Smith corner kicks, starting with Wolt's header less than eight minutes in. Petter-McCauley controlled the corner kick, and then flicked it to Wolt for the goal.

Just over five minutes later, Petter-McCauley headed in a goal of his own off a Smith corner kick to make it 2-0.

Smith's third corner kick produced the Tigers' third goal in less than 10 minutes as Wolt headed it into the back of the net to make it 3-0 at the 22:59 mark.

"After coming off two games where we were unable to finish it was great to see the way the boys attacked the net," Buss said. "We spent a lot of time in practice preparing for our shots and following up with headers. The boys certainly had confidence with their headers tonight.... Our attitude in front of the net was exactly what I was hoping to see from the boys, and seemed to be the difference in the outcome of the game."

Lakeville South didn't get on the board until a kick from outside the box got past keeper Sam Peterson midway through the second half. Peterson finished with eight saves.

The Tigers traveled to Rochester Century Tuesday and are back on the road tonight for the start of the Missota Conference season at Chanhassen.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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