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Girls soccer: Tigers win, lose and tie

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Girls soccer: Tigers win, lose and tie
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A slow start left Farmington in a hole too large to climb out of Monday night in Eagan.

The Wildcats lit up the scoreboard for four goals in the first eight minutes and went on to a 5-0 victory. It was the fifth straight time and eighth out of the last nine the Tigers have been shut out by a South Suburban Conference opponent.

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"Eagan is a very good team. After giving up those four goals our team played with such intensity and held them the rest of the game," Farmington assistant Linda Crawford said.

The Tigers came from behind to forge a tie on Saturday in Rochester. After Rochester Mayo broke a scoreless tie with a goal early in the second half, Shannon McKnight made a penalty kick at the 20-minute mark to knot up the score. It stayed 1-1 through two overtimes as Farmington starters Kayla Kucala and Izzie Ferm exited with injuries.

Dani Wright went the distance in the net and preserved the tie.

"Rochester came out tough and pushed us around a little bit," Farmington coach Tracie Randall said. "We are making progress. Dani Wright is holding her own in net, and we're looking forward to the return of Ashley Becker this week."

Wright earned a shutout last Thursday as the Tigers won their Missota Conference opener over Northfield 2-0 at Tiger Stadium.

The home team got plenty of chances to score throughout the game and cashed in for the first time early in the first half when Kenya Macias found the net on a pass from Hannah Miller.

"Both worked well together to put us in the lead," Randall said.

Later in the half, Destiny Schmitz scored on an assist from Sara Zak to cap the scoring. The Tigers went scoreless over the final 40 minutes.

"Our biggest frustration is the fact that we take so many shots on goal and can't seem to put any numbers on the board," Randall said. "We hold possession, we connect to move the ball around nicely and defensively we're a wall."

The Tigers (4-2-3) are back home tonight against New Prague.

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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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