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Farmington’s Robin DeCastro watches the ball sail by during last Thursday’s 1-1 tie with Shakopee. DeCastro assisted on Jared Wolt’s goal midway through the first half.

Boys soccer: Tigers tie again in finale

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Yet another tie was a fitting way to end the regular season for the Farmington boys soccer team.

The Tigers went to overtime for the seventh time in 15 games this season last Thursday and for the fifth time neither team could post a game-winner. Shakopee tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half and that’s where the score stayed through two overtime periods.

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“We came out strong in overtime, getting close, but we were unable to pull off the win,” Farmington coach Julian Buss said. “It was a tough, physical battle with many caution cards both ways.”

The Tigers finished at 2-2-3 in the Missota Conference, earning them fifth place just percentage points behind Shakopee and Northfield. Chanhassen went unbeaten at 7-0 and Holy Angels was runner-up at 6-1. An overall mark of 6-4-5 earned the team the No. 3 seed in Section 1AA and a first-round tournament home game tonight against sixth-seeded Rochester John Marshall. The Tigers defeated the Rockets 3-0 earlier this season.

Jared Wolt scored his team-leading 12th goal on a corner kick midway through the first half last Thursday. He was one of 12 seniors who saw the field in the Senior Night contest.

Robin DeCastro assisted Wolt’s goal with a header off the corner kick.

“We talked pre-game about increasing our intensity and focus during corner kick opportunities,” Buss said. “It was great to see this play out on the field.”

Goalkeeper Jake Agnew finished with 19 saves to preserve the tie.

“Jake had another terrific outing, making some spectacular, acrobatic stops to keep us in the game,” Buss said.

Earlier in the week, the Tigers were shut out for the seventh time this season in a 2-0 loss at Holy Angels.

Agnew tallied 13 saves in the loss.

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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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