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Girls soccer: Tiger defense shines in win, tie

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sports Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Ball-control, defense and goalkeeping have all been strengths for the Farmington girls soccer team this season.

When the Tigers have struggled, it's been because of their inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities. That was the case Saturday afternoon as a sub-.500 Rochester Mayo team came to Tiger Stadium and escaped 80 minutes of regulation and two overtimes with a scoreless tie.

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The Tigers slipped to 6-2-2 despite outshooting the Spartans, 21-4.

"We dominated possession and moved the ball around well. However, we still struggled to finish our many opportunities in the box. We seem to lack that killer instinct and I am concerned that if we don't have players that develop one quickly we will find ourselves on the wrong end of a score against a much weaker team," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "On the positive side, it was our fifth shutout and the defense looks very good."

It was the second shutout of the week for keeper Ashley Becker, who also blanked Northfield on the road Thursday to put the Tigers in the lead in the Missota Conference with a record of 2-0.

The game was scoreless until midway through the first half when Kelly Kornmann controlled a corner kick by Kenya Macias and drove it into the net from 20 yards out. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead into halftime and turned up their intensity in the second half en route to their first win over the Raiders since Carpentier took the helm four years ago.

"We were utterly dominant in the second half, on the board, mentally and physically," Carpentier said. "One of their senior captains said in the Northfield News after the game that not many teams come in and physically pound the Raiders on their field and that's exactly what the Tigers did. By the end of the game the Raiders were a bit gun-shy about going into tackles."

Kelli Elmer provided Farmington's lone goal of the second half five minutes in on a deflection from Megan Graham. The Tigers finished with a 14-4 edge in shots on goal.

The Tigers are back in action tonight at New Prague.

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