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Farmington midfielder Ben Sorenson boots the ball out of bounds during last Thursday’s 0-0 tie with New Prague. The Tigers also defeated Red Wing 6-1 last week.

Boys soccer: Trojans, Tigers play to tie

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A 1-7-1 New Prague team came to Tiger Stadium and put a damper on the Farmington boys soccer team’s Homecoming week by hanging on for a 0-0 tie last Thursday night.

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The Tigers came up empty on scoring chances throughout the game and ended up playing 90 minutes of scoreless soccer for the third time in six home games this season.

“We honestly had a quality scoring opportunity about every two minutes throughout the entire game. We certainly outplayed the Trojans on the field. When the game went to overtime I thought, ‘Good, 10 more minutes.… We ought to be able to convert something for a goal.’ Somehow, some way we were unable to convert anything for a goal,” Farmington coach Julian Buss said.

“The boys were disappointed.… We had a good crowd, one of our best turnouts ever, and the stage was set for a quality game.”

Goalkeeper Jake Agnew stopped nine shots to pick up his sixth shutout of the season.

The Tigers had no trouble scoring goals two days earlier in Red Wing. Four players found the net and five recorded assists in a 6-1 road victory over the Wingers.

“Red Wing played an offsides trap fairly effectively. We ended up recording 14 offsides calls,” Buss said. “One thing about the offsides trap is if your defenders are constantly moving up trying to trap the forwards ... if the ball goes through it is a race to the goal. We capitalized on a number of fast break situations where the offsides flag didn’t go up.”

Robin DeCastro started the scoring with a goal on a pass from Blake Smith 15 minutes into the first half. Six minutes later, Ben Sorenson found Jake Spindler for another goal to make it 2-0. Spindler notched his second goal of the game, and of the season, later in the half (assist to Caleb Gochenour) to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Spindler later assisted on a goal by Rafael Romero early in the second. Smith added a pair of goals of his own in the final four minutes to wrap up the scoring.

Agnew tallied nine saves. He allowed his only goal in the last four games on a Red Wing penalty kick.

The Tigers (6-2-3) are home against Chanhassen tonight before closing out the regular season with Missota Conference games against Holy Angels and Shakopee next week.

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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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