Girls soccer: Tigers 'flat' at Prior Lake
Farmington soccer coach Rob Carpentier came away from the first week of the season more concerned about his team's lone loss than he was pleased with its two easy victories.
As they did a season ago, the Tigers had little trouble disposing of Faribault and Waconia while picking up their first two wins. And like last year, they suffered their first defeat at the hands of a Lakers team that went on to finish just 6-8-3 against a strong South Suburban Conference schedule last season. Last year's Prior Lake Tournament contest resulted in a 2-0 loss, while last Saturday's championship game of the four-team tourney ended up a 2-1 setback courtesy of a 30-yard free kick goal by senior Ashley Kimmell. Kimmell has five goals in three games this season.
"We came out flat (Saturday) almost like we were scared of Prior Lake because they're a South Suburban team," Carpentier said. "Bottom line is, some girls play scared and other don't. We're young and we have to figure this out quick because Apple Valley is on Tuesday night."
Ashley Becker stepped in at goalkeeper and stopped 14 of Prior Lake's shots in her first career start.
"She looked very strong," Carpentier said. "Neither goal was her fault and she made some really outstanding saves."
The Tigers out-shot Waconia 43-13 Friday night, but needed a pair of second-half goals to break a halftime tie in an eventual 3-1 win in Prior Lake.
Kimmell scored two goals for the second straight game and Kenya Macias added one goal and two assists. Alyssa Parco also assisted on one goal.
Syd Eckert started in goal and stopped two shots.
"We played a very poor first half and a very good second half," Carpentier said. "We had two goals in the second half and should have had more. We need to finish better."
The Tigers connected on just six of their 43 shots in a 6-0 shutout of Faribault in a season opener last Thursday at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers have defeated the Falcons a combined 29-0 over their last four meetings dating back to 2008.
Kimmel and Rachel Beck each scored two goals, and Parco and freshman Destiny Schmitz each added single goals. Kimmell, Macias, Schmitz, Hannah Miller and Izzie Ferm each supplied assists.
The Tigers are back in action tonight when they host Rochester John Marshall in a 5 p.m. game at Tiger Stadium. The team travels to Hastings next Tuesday before opening its Missota Conference schedule Sept. 8 at home against Northfield.