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Boys Soccer: Holding their own

The final tally of wins and losses doesn't tell the story of how the Farmington boys soccer team has played over the last 10 days.

The Tigers dropped 2 of 3 games as their record dropped to 3-7 overall, but first-year coach Julian Buss saw his young team play some of its best soccer of the season during its losses to Holy Angels and Lakeville South.

"Things have really started coming together this week for our team," Buss said. "Our loss vs. Holy Angels was a 'good loss' if there is such a thing.... Lakeville South is a very competitive team, and although we lost this one our guys are continuing to prove they can hang in there with some very good teams."

Monday's game at Lakeville South remained scoreless until the 60th minute when the home team scored from close range. The Cougars put another shot past Farmington goalkeeper Derian Vietti a minute later and went on to improve their record to 7-2-1 with a 2-0 win.

Matt Rudorfer created some offensive chances late in the second half, but the Tigers ended up being shut out for the fourth time this season.

The Tigers picked up their third win of the season last Thursday with a shutout of their own, a 3-0 blanking of Red Wing in a Missota Conference contest at Tiger Stadium.

Justin Thelen scored a pair of goals on assists from Brandon Scott, the first to open the scoring in the first half, and the second making it 2-0 just after halftime.

The score stayed 2-0 until Reid Wolf broke away from the defense and drew a foul in front of the Red Wing goal late in the second half. Christian Thao converted the ensuing penalty kick to cap the scoring.

Vietti stopped a Holy Angels penalty kick two days earlier, but the Stars overcame a Farmington second-half rally by scoring the final two goals in a 4-2 league game.

The Tigers trailed 2-1 at halftime with their lone goal coming on Thelen's direct kick from 20 yards out.

"From that point on our boys played with a newfound intensity," Buss said. "I think they realized they could win this game."

The Tigers forged a 2-2 tie 10 minutes into the second half on a left-footed kick by Cole Landwehr, but the Stars responded and improved their record to 4-2-1.

The Orange and Black resumed their schedule this week with a road game Tuesday at 0-9 New Prague. They play at home again tonight against 4-4-1 Prior Lake.