Boys soccer: In the win column
The Farmington boys soccer team looked pretty comfortable in its first game on the turf at the new Tiger Stadium.
After opening the season with lopsided road losses at Winona and Owatonna, the Tigers took on New Prague's newly-formed varsity squad and rolled to a 5-0 victory.
"Great day for our first home game at FHS Tiger Stadium," first-year coach Julian Buss said. "The boys looked sharp for their first home game."
With the New Prague defense pulling toward midfield trying to draw offsides calls, the Tigers went over the top and created several breakaway opportunities. Midfielder Christian Thao was thwarted on his first breakaway early in the game, but capitalized on his second shot in the open field with his first goal of the season.
"The boys did a great job moving the ball up the field and sending the ball to our forwards," Buss said. "New Prague played a very good offsides trap, but when it didn't work we had some great breakaway opportunities."
Defender Derek Kuehn followed Thao's goal with one of his own to make it 2-0, then first-year player Matt Rudorfer scored his first career goal to make it 3-0.
Midfielder Justin Thelen capped the scoring with his second and third goals of the season and goaltender Derian Vietti kept the Trojans out of the net to preserve his first shutout of the season.
After the successful home debut, the Tigers' road struggles continued. They opened the Rochester Tournament with a 6-0 loss to Rochester Century on Thursday, then they were dealt a 9-1 setback by Rochester Mayo on Friday. The Tigers have been outscored 28-2 in their four road losses.
"I know that if you look at our scores for the start of the season it looks like we are having a tough time coming together as a team. I really believe that every time I put those guys out there we play better and stronger," Buss said. "It is good for a team to play tough opponents once in a while."
Wade Adams provided the lone goal of the tournament when he kicked one past Mayo's goalkeeper from 40 yards out.
The Tigers open a four-game homestand tonight when Shakopee comes to town for a 7 p.m. Missota Conference contest. Pine Island will come to Tiger Stadium for an 11 a.m. game on Saturday and Holy Angels and Red Wing will visit Tiger Stadium next week.