Girls soccer: Tigers get physical against Waconia
The first two games of the 2010 season played out much like the 2009 campaign for the Farmington girls soccer team.
The Tigers showcased superior soccer skills in a season-opening 8-0 win at Faribault last Thursday, but couldn't keep pace against a much more physical Prior Lake team in a 2-0 road loss Friday.
The Tigers finally bucked that trend on Saturday, beating a Waconia team that second-year coach Rob Carpentier described as "young, but very physical" by a score of 3-0.
"Finally, in the second half we came out hard physically, slide tackling and shoulder blocking players," Carpentier said. "It was finally the team I've been looking for since June of 2009."
Senior Devyn Alberts provided two goals, her fourth and fifth of the season, and Shelby Calhoun added her first goal of the season. Alberts, Tia Jacoby and Alaina Trowbridge each dished out assists.
The Tigers led 1-0 at the break and junior goaltender Taylor Meyer stopped all 11 Waconia shots to preserve her second shutout in three games.
Meyer let two shots get past her in the second half of Friday's 2-0 loss at Prior Lake.
After a scoreless first half, the Lakers opened the scoring with a shot past Meyer from 30 yards out. Later on, a Prior Lake shot went off the post, off of Meyer's leg and into the net for another goal.
"Prior Lake came out very physically in the second half and took us right out of our game," Carpentier said. "For the majority of the first half we were very dominant. They couldn't do anything against us and we had a shot off the post, one off the bar which appeared to bounce in, but who knows, and a missed open header from about two yards with the keeper out of the play."
The Tigers had much more success finding the back of the net in Thursday's season opener. Five players scored goals and Meyer needed just one save to register an 8-0 shutout of Faribault.
Junior Kelli Harstad broke the ice with the team's first goal of the season 18 minutes, 50 seconds into the first half. Nadia Lorencz and Meyer each added single goals, Trowbridge scored twice and passed for two assists and Alberts posted a hat trick while playing only about half the game.
Ashley Kimmell added two assists and Elena Koch had one as the Tigers posted a 21-1 advantage in shots on goal.