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Boys soccer: Improvement shows in first loss

The Farmington boys soccer team looked vastly improved from a season ago when it scored a combined 10 goals to open the 2010 season with back-to-back wins.

Even stronger evidence for the Tigers' improvement may have come in its first loss of the season Thursday night when it fell 2-1 in overtime to a Winona team that rolled to an 8-0 victory in last year's meeting.

"We played Winona much better this year," second-year Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "I feel we were the more talented team, but we were unable to capitalize on some pretty good scoring opportunities."

Winona (2-0) broke a scoreless tie when it got on the board just under 12 minutes into the second half. With 8:37 remaining, Farmington midfielder Brandon Scott retied the score with an unassisted goal, his first of the season.

Two five-minute overtime periods were added after regulation ended with the score tied at 1-1. The visiting Winhawks found the back of the net just 81 seconds into the first overtime and held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way to preserve the victory.

"Winona put a pretty quick goal in at the start of OT and then did a good job of stalling play by keeping the ball out of play and playing the long ball," Buss said. "This was certainly a tough loss because both the boys and myself feel we were the better team. Periods of weak communication and lack of movement without the ball at times on our part certainly didn't help."

The Tigers, now 2-1 overall, travel to Rosemount Thursday for a 7 p.m. game against the Irish.