For Farmington boys soccer coach Julian Buss, missed opportunities were what he thought about when looking back at Saturday's home game against section rival Rochester Mayo.
The Tigers outshot the Spartans and had plenty of direct kicks and corner kicks, but failed to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss at Tiger Stadium.
"This was a tough loss. We outplayed Mayo and had more opportunities. Unfortunately for us, we were unable to finish," said Buss, whose team was shut out for just the second time in nine games. "We had multiple direct kick opportunities but couldn't find the net, nor did we execute our corner kick opportunities very well."
Mayo converted the game's lone goal on a direct kick 11 minutes into the second half. The shot sailed over a four-man wall, out of the reach of goaltender Chad Stivers and into the upper corner of the goal.
"The kick was aided by the wind and there wasn't much Chad could have done about it," Buss said.
Stivers had to stop just four shots over 80 minutes as the Tigers controlled the ball throughout the loss.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 6-2-1. They've dropped two of three since defeating Northfield in their Missota Conference opener Sept. 8.
"It was a tough loss emotionally for the boys. However, I don't think it really affects our ability to reach our goals for the season," Buss said. "We are striving for a section championship and although this may slow us down, it does nothing to erase what we have already accomplished or what we plan on doing when we face the rest of the section opponents."
Farmington 4, Red Wing 1
The Tigers improved to 2-0 in the conference with a 4-1 rout at Red Wing last Thursday.
Senior captain Brandon Scott scored a pair of goals, including the first of the game to give the Tigers the lead at the 28-minute mark of the first half. Red Wing responded with its lone goal to tie the score just 12 seconds before halftime.
Blake Smith gave the visitors the lead for good with a goal on a corner kick by Jared Wolt on a corner kick 10 minutes into the second half. Scott added his team-leading eighth goal of the season at the 16-minute mark and Cole Landwehr knocked in his fifth score of the season with 1:11 left to cap the scoring.
Buss said the team played better in the second half after a pep talk from senior captain Sam Leske.
"Sam was very vocal and dominant tonight," Buss said. "At the half we were tied 1-1 and Sam asked if he could give a talk to the boys. The team certainly responded in the second half with more inspired play leading to increased scoring opportunities and goals."
Stivers stopped four shots to pick up the win in goal for the Tigers, who resume their conference schedule this week with home games against Chanhassen Tuesday and Shakopee Thursday.