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Tigers come up short at No. 5 Eagan

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Fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Eagan got all it could handle from Farmington last Thursday afternoon.

The Wildcats trailed by a goal for much of the game before a spurt of three goals in less than 10 minutes allowed them to escape their home field with a 3-2 victory over the Tigers.

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"This was a blessing in disguise as the girls spent the last 20 minutes of the game overwhelming the No. 5 team in the state," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "If we had played for the majority of the game like we did in the last 20 minutes the outcome would have been different. I was really proud of the girls. They grew up a little more in this one. It will help us a lot the rest of the year."

The Tigers, now 2-2 overall, were outshot 21-8 in the contest. That included a 12-1 shot advantage for Eagan in the first half, but that one shot found the back of the net as Alyssa Parco scored on a pass from Devyn Alberts. Carpentier described both the pass and the goal as "brilliant."

Eagan finally pulled ahead with its barrage of shots past keeper Taylor Meyer midway through the second half.

"They were really all over for the first 60 minutes. We had trouble with their collective speed," Carpentier said.

The Tigers got back within a goal late on a goal from Alberts on an assist from Gabby White. Alberts leads the team with six goals in four games.

Shelby Calhoun had a potential game-tying goal go off the bar in the closing minutes as Eagan preserved its one-goal advantage.

The Tigers are back in action Thursday when they travel to Rosemount for a 5 p.m. game against the Irish.

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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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