Boys soccer: Tigers' best season ends in first round of section
The most successful season in program history came to abrupt end last Thursday night in Northfield.
Fourth-seeded Northfield led 4-0 by the end of the first half and advanced past fifth-seeded Farmington with a 5-1 victory in the Section 1AA Tournament. The Raiders went on to upset No. 1-seed Lakeville North 1-0 on Saturday to advance to a section final against Rochester Mayo.
The Tigers had some early chances to take the lead, but it was Northfield that capitalized on its opportunities in front of the goal.
"We put together at least half a dozen chances throughout the competition that should have or could have ended up as goals. We were not able to finish. We had a difficult time tonight getting second-shots off and finding our way to deflections or crosses to the far post," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "We certainly played an aggressive game, earning three yellow cards throughout the game, but Northfield was the team that finished in front of the net tonight."
The Tigers scored their lone goal with 16 minutes left on a kick from 18 yards out by senior Sam Leske. Leske and six other seniors - Chad Stivers, Cole Landwehr, Brandon Scott, Alec Hogstad, Michael Ricker and Tyler Vue - led the Tigers to a program-best record of 8-7-2 and a third-place finish in the Missota Conference.
"It's been a pleasure coaching this year's seniors," Buss said. "I have known these boys for three years now as they were sophomores when I began coaching in 2009. This group of boys deserves a lot of credit for how far boys soccer has come in Farmington. They are a testament to how important it is to get boys out for soccer at an early age, and then stick with it."
1.Brandon Scott, 14
2. Cole Landwehr, 11
3. Blake Smith, 3
1. Cole Landwehr, 5
2. Urive Omana, 4
3. Jared Wolt, 3
1. Chad Stivers, 105-133, .790 save percentage