Boys soccer: Win streak snapped at 3
With a 3-2 non-conference win over the Agriculture and Food Science Academy in Vadnais Heights last Monday and a 1-0 Missota Conference home field win over Shakopee the following day the Tiger boys soccer team ran its best-ever win streak to three games.
But the run came to an abrupt halt Thursday at Prior Lake when the Lakers rolled to a 7-1 victory.
The 2-1 week upped the Tigers' season record to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the Missota Conference.
"I'm pleased with our play so far," coach Loren Cartwright said. "We have scored more than I expected. We have some very correctable flaws that need to be addressed before we can stay up with the better teams in the Missota Conference."
Joe Feely's rebound of his own shot accounted for the only Farmington goal of the first half in Tuesday's encounter with AFSA as the Tigers hit intermission on the short end of a 2-1 count.
"We had a couple of defensive lapses that cost us," Cartwright said. "On the first one we were standing around and failed to clear the ball. On the second our goalie got too far from the net and the defense didn't communicate."
Feely notched his second goal of the game just three minutes into the second half, this one a rebound of a shot by Stephan Hough, to tie the score.
From there the Tigers put on the offensive pressure but could not finish. Finally, with three minutes to go, Feely and Jon Thao combined on a give-and-go with Thao finding the lower left corner for the eventual game-winner.
In the win over Shakopee, Hough registered the only goal of the game after stealing the ball 35 yards out and taking it all the way for the score.
"Neither team did much offensively in the first half," Cartwright said, "but in the second we had five or six chances to score but just missed."
Cartwright credited the goalkeeping of Dominic Anderson and the defensive play of Alan Willenbring, Tony Lovaas, Jared Paco, Luke Waltz, Wes Armbrust and Ben Clark with turning the tide in the his team's first-ever win over the Sabers.
"Chris Stivers and Brett Flicek were playing in just their second varsity game," Cartwright said. "Both of them gave us strong contributions at midfield."
At Prior Lake the Lakers led only 1-0 with nine minutes to play before halftime before scoring three times in a five-minute span to lead 4-0 at intermission.
"They are a very big and physical team," Cartwright said. "That's the type of team that gives us trouble."
The Lakers added three more scores before Waltz broke up the shutout with a steal and a goal with two minutes to play.
"We played better in the second half but we need to improve to get to Prior Lake's level," Cartwright said.
This week is a tough one as the Tigers entertain the top two teams in the Missota, Northfield on Tuesday and Holy Angels on Thursday.