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Girls Soccer: Tigers face tough opponents in Section 3AA

Farmington's girls soccer team wrapped up the regular season with another shutout win over Red Wing and another tie with Prior Lake last week.

The finish left the Tigers with a 9-4-2 record, the best in program history, in head coach Rob Carpentier's first season, but the effort was rewarded over the weekend with a seventh seed in a stacked Section 3AA. That put the Tigers up against No. 2 seed Eastview in an opening-round game Tuesday in Apple Valley.

Eagan (15-2-1) claimed the section's top seed, followed by Eastview, Rosemount (11-6-1), Park of Cottage Grove (10-5-3), Apple Valley (8-8-1) and Hastings, which went 2-12, but beat the Tigers 1-0 Sept. 8 in Hastings.

The regular season came to a close last Thursday with Farmington's second tie of the season against Prior Lake. The Lakers survived a scoreless double-overtime contest on the strength of its goalkeeping in the last matchup Sept. 24 in Farmington, but in the latest matchup it was the Tigers' failure to finish from close range that kept the score even.

"(Katrina) Waltz hit the post twice and we came close numerous other times," said Carpentier, whose team held a 22-9 advantage in shots on goal.

The Tigers had a brief lead midway through the first half when Ashley Kimmell scored on a pass from Devyn Alberts, but the Lakers answered with a shot past Taylor Meyer to tie the score.

The Tigers also held a big edge in ball control two days earlier in rainy Red Wing when they outshot the Wingers 26-2 in a 3-0 Missota Conference victory.

Waltz provided all three goals, with assists coming from Alberts and Amber Johnson.

"They could barely get over midfield for long stretches against us," Carpentier said.