Boys soccer: Tiger boys lose for the first time this seasonThe Farmington boys soccer team lost to Bloomington Kennedy Monday night but beat Hastings and Northfield.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Farmington’s fundamentals failed in its first loss of the season Monday night at Bloomington Kennedy.
The Tigers allowed four second-half goals and fell from the ranks of the undefeated with a 6-1 loss to an Eagles team that entered play with a record of 3-3.
“We certainly handed them the win this afternoon. They had us on our heels the whole game,” Farmington coach Julian Buss said. “We didn’t do the basic things that you have to do at this level to be successful. Things such as communication, moving to the ball, winning balls out of the air, were lost on us today.”
The Tigers (5-1-1) got their lone goal from Cole Landwehr midway through the first half. The score stayed 2-1 until Kennedy took the opening kick-off of the second half in for a goal at the 10-second mark. The Eagles then added two goals in the next eight minutes to go up 5-1.
“In the first six games I think we played about two bad halves total. This evening we managed to put together two bad halves in one game and we paid the price,” Buss said. “The dream of an undefeated season died, but I believe we can keep moving in the right direction. The loss gives us an opportunity to reevaluate our dedication and re-motivate ourselves to better prepare for each game.”
The Tigers started their Missota Conference slate with a 1-0 shutout of Northfield Thursday at Tiger Stadium.
Goaltender Chad Stivers recorded his fifth shutout of the season, stopping all eight Raider shots. He stopped a 25-yard free kick and was in position to stop a penalty kick that sailed wide.
“Outstanding performance by Chad in goal,” Buss said. “He made some spectacular saves.”
Senior forward Brandon Scott provided the lone goal of the game, scoring on a pass from Blake Smith at the 28:40 mark of the first half.
Scott’s first career hat trick and the team’s first of the season highlighted a 4-0 blanking of Hastings last Tuesday.
Scott opened the scoring with a goal on a pass from Landwehr with 8:51 remaining in the first half.
“Brandon’s shot was so well-placed the goalie didn’t even move to try to stop it,” Buss said. “Brandon is like a viper in front of the net. He works very aggressively at finding daylight.… As soon as he gets a look the shot is instantly off.”
Scott scored goal No. 2 exactly seven minutes later on a feed from Tyler Vue, giving the Tigers a 2-0 halftime lead.
Bridger Williamson scored the third Tiger goal (assist by Kenny Riley) with 8:34 remaining and just under three minutes later Scott completed his hat trick, with the assist going to Hunter Meyers.
Stivers needed to stop just two Hastings shots in the win.