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Boys soccer: Back in the win column

Thursday's game against Red Wing came at just the right time for the Farmington boys soccer team.

Struggling through a tough part of the schedule where they scored just two goals in consecutive lopsided Missota Conference losses to Shakopee, Prior Lake, Northfield and Holy Angels, the Tigers got back in the win column in convincing fashion with a 5-0 rout of the Wingers at Tiger Field.

The team's last victory was a 4-1 decision over Red Wing back on Sept. 2 in Red Wing.

Patrick Mooney opened the scoring with a goal in the 13th minute, then a minute later Jon Thao was knocked down in the box and drove in the ensuing penalty kick to make it 2-0.

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead just before the half when Josh Jackson redirected a crossing pass from Tony May into the net. May looked to earn a goal of his own four minutes into the second half, but a hand ball in front of the goal resulted in another penalty kick goal by Thao.

Lance Ricker capped the scoring with a goal on a pass from Mooney eight minutes into the second half.

While the Farmington offense was busy piling up the goals, goalkeeper Derian Vietti was earning his first career shutout. Defensive players Aaron Wratz, Justen Thelen, Tim Bohanon and Derek Kuehn did a good job stopping the Red Wing offense, according to coach Loren Cartwright, and Viettie stopped all 13 shots that got through.

Another slow start haunted the Tigers in Tuesday's 6-1 loss to Holy Angels.

The Stars got three goals past Vietti in the first 10 minutes and led 5-0 by halftime. The Tigers got on the board just after halftime when Josh Jackson dribbled the ball across the field and beat the goalie with a low shot. Holy Angels capped the scoring with a penalty kick past Vietti in the 26th minute of the second half.

Vietti finished with 15 saves.

The Tigers resume their challenging Missota Conference slate this week with a home game against Shakopee on Tuesday and a trip to Prior Lake on Thursday. The Sabers won the first matchup of the season, 4-0, while the Lakers came away with a 3-0 triumph back on Sept. 9.