Boys soccer: Tigers drop two road games
The middle 40 minutes of Monday's non-conference game at Henry Sibley looked like a showdown of two evenly-matched teams.
It was the first 20 and last 20 minutes where Henry Sibley dominated. The Warriors, who entered with a record of 2-8-2, scored two goals early in the first half and pulled away with three more goals late in the second half of a 5-0 shutout of Farmington.
"To Henry Sibley's credit, they were excellent at taking advantage of direct kicks, placing the ball perfectly in the air just out of the reach of our goalie time and time again," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "They also had an outstanding throw in that would go for 40 yards, virtually turning any throw-in into a scoring opportunity, much like a corner kick."
The Tigers got all their chances in an energetic first 10 minutes of play, but couldn't find the back of the net.
"During the first 10 minutes we had numerous scoring opportunities and it seemed like it was going to be a good game," Buss said.
The Tigers (4-6) were much more competitive the previous Tuesday when they played shot-for-shot with a Chanhassen team that has since reeled off four straight wins to push its record to 7-2-2. The Storm needed a goal in the final minute to force overtime and another goal in the final two minutes of a second overtime period to sneak past the Tigers, 3-2, in a Missota Conference contest in Chanhassen.
"This was our toughest loss this season as we were so close to walking away with a win," Buss said.
Reid Wolf got Farmington on the board with an unassisted goal that made the score 1-1 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Eight minutes after the break, Justen Thelen put a low shot past the goalie to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.
Junior goalkeeper Chad Stivers stopped a season-high 21 shots in the loss.
"Chad had an outstanding game in goal. He has certainly established himself as an elite goalkeeper," Buss said. "Chad has kept each game he has played in close and given us a chance to win."