Farmington boys soccer: Tigers blank JM, South
It hasn’t taken long for the Farmington boys soccer team to start to develop some chemistry.
After opening the season with a pair of overtime games, the Tigers put two solid games together last week and came away with a pair of 3-0 road wins at Lakeville South and Rochester John Marshall.
“I feel as though we look like a team out there on the field. After only two and a half weeks of soccer, one of those weeks being try-outs, that is a real accomplishment,” coach Julian Buss said. “We are starting to get a sense for each other’s strengths and tendencies on the field.”
That chemistry helped the Tigers transition well from defense to offense last week. The defense and passing of Matt Dubois, Jack Fogarty, Jeffrey Gutierrez, Hunter Meyers and Eric Stoeckmann, among others, helped set up forward Jared Wolt for five goals in two games.
“I was exceptionally pleased with the way our midfield was able to turn the ball back to our defense to reset a possession opportunity and redirect the attack, which resulted in an ability to put together high-quality scoring opportunities,” Buss said.
Wolt capped off his big week with a hat trick Thursday at John Marshall. He headed a pair of crosses from Caleb Gochenour for his first two goals and then volleyed a Meyers pass for his third goal late in the second half.
Sophomore goaltender Jake Agnew preserved his third shutout in four outings by stopping a career-high 23 shots against the Rockets’ three-forward lineup.
“They put together a number of quality scoring opportunities. I would say their top players were forwards,” Buss said. “They were fairly dangerous up front... They came out firing after halftime, but I would credit the Farmington squad for their ability to react and counterattack.”
Agnew needed to make just five saves last Tuesday at South. He got all the support he’d need when Wolt booted in a pair of goals on assists from Blake Smith midway through the first half.
“Jared had what I would consider his breakout game with 13 shots, six on goal and two goals,” Buss said. “Jared had his eye on the net tonight.”
Dubois capped off the scoring with a one-touch kick from 25 yards out early in the second half.
The Tigers travel to Owatonna Saturday and are back home to face Burnsville Monday night at Tiger Stadium.