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Girls soccer: Farmington Tigers playing for title this week

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Girls soccer: Farmington Tigers playing for title this week
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The Farmington girls soccer team kept itself in position to play for the Missota Conference championship this week by knocking off Chaska 2-0 last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

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The Tigers outshot Chaska 21-2 and got goals from Alex Frost and Kelli Elmer as they improved to 5-0 heading into Tuesday's home game against fellow unbeaten Holy Angels. The Stars, ranked seventh in Class 1A, have won nine of their last 10, including all five of their Missota contests, since starting the season with three straight losses to ranked teams.

Wins over Holy Angels and on the road at third-place Shakopee in tonight's regular season finale would wrap up a perfect run through the Missota Conference season, while a pair of losses would drop the Tigers to third. A win over Holy Angels and a loss to Shakopee would create a three-way tie for the conference crown.

The Tigers (9-3-2) will face Holy Angels coming off a loss after they saw an early lead slip away in a 2-1 loss at 10-2-1 Owatonna in a possible section preview game last Thursday.

The team outshot Owatonna 9-2 over the first 15 minutes, but missed on several close-range opportunities and ended up getting outshot 13-7 the rest of the way. The Huskies tied the score just before halftime and scored the go-ahead goal with six minutes to go.

"We never fired against Owatonna. We never played with a sense of urgency," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "Owatonna started out slowly, but came back into the game after about 20 minutes or so. We were better than them in the first half, but the momentum slowly swung in their favor."

Elmer scored the Tigers' lone goal on a pass from Kelly Kornmann in the first 10 minutes.

"This game changes nothing about the importance of the Holy Angels game and that is our first priority right now," Carpentier said. "We will worry about the section later. That being said, if we can get the No. 3 seed then I think we'll see the Huskies again."

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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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