Girls soccer: Tigers finished with nine wins
Farmington spent the last week of the regular season building up its confidence with a pair of shutout victories.
But any of the confidence gained with a 4-0 win over Chaska and a 7-0 blanking of New Prague gave way to uncertainty when starting goalkeeper Taylor Meyer and defensive specialist Shelby Calhoun were lost due to ankle injuries during Saturday's regular season finale against Apple Valley.
The Eagles led 2-1 at the break, then pulled away with three unanswered scores in the second half.
Both Meyer and Calhoun were key contributors in helping the Tigers shut out their opponents in eight of their nine victories this season, and both were on the sideline Tuesday night when the team opened the Section 3AA Tournament as the No. 5 seed at fourth-seeded Rosemount.
"They'll be out tonight," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "That means our chances are not where they would have been. We know how to beat the Irish, but it will be very difficult. I am especially concerned about the keeping situation."
The Irish were 2-0 winners in the first matchup between the two teams Sept. 9 in Rosemount. The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to take on the winner of Tuesday's other quarterfinal between Hastings and top-seeded Eagan.
New Prague 0
The Tigers capped off a third-place finish in the Missota Conference (4-2-1) by holding New Prague without a shot in a 7-0 win on Thursday.
Alyssa Parco scored twice and Ashley Kimmell, Devyn Alberts, Elena Koch, Gabby White and Kelli Harstad each added a goal. White assisted on two of the goals. Alberts, Kimmell, Calhoun, Natalee Chromy and Kelly Kornmann each provided an assist.
After putting up one goal in their previous three games, the Tigers got back in the win column with a four-goal outburst on Senior Night last Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium.
Harstad and Alberts scored first-half goals on assists from Gabby White, then White and Alaine Trowbridge netted second-half scores on passes from Chromy.