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Girls soccer: Offense jells against Park

Farmington freshman defender Kayla Kucala passes the ball during last week's 2-0 loss at Rosemount.2 / 2

Farmington's offense finally started consistently producing scoring chances and goalkeeper Taylor Meyer posted her fourth shutout in seven games to lift the Tigers past Park of Cottage Grove, 1-0, in a non-conference clash Monday night at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers opened a 2-1 week by scoring just one goal last Tuesday in a shutout win over Hastings. An 11-11 draw in shots on goal wasn't enough in a 2-0 loss Thursday at Rosemount, but the team produced more quality shots while posting a 14-11 advantage against Park of Cottage Grove.

"We had trouble scoring against Hastings even though we were dominant in all facets of the game," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "Finally against Park I think we may have found the right combo. Although we only scored one goal we had many more real chances than did the Pack and it was only the play of their keeper, who will be a member of the Lady Gophers next year, that prevented a more resounding victory."

The Tigers' lone goal came when Ashley Kimmell scored on a 35-yard pass from Devyn Alberts.

"Kimmell's run was a thing of beauty," Carpentier said.

Farmington didn't score until the second half against winless Hastings. Alaina Trowbridge finally put the home team ahead on a cross from Alysssa Parco and Meyer kept the Raiders out of the goal the rest of the way to preserve the win.

The Tigers (4-3) have alternated shutout wins and losses over their first seven games. They will try to change that tonight when they host a Red Wing team they beat by scores of 5-0 and 3-0 last season.

"(The team is) playing very well, certainly, as a team, as well as we ever have since I've been here," Carpentier said. "I stated when I came to the program that there was talent, it only needed to become more physical and more confident in their ability to play against the best. I think on both ends the team is starting to jell. We'll see how we grow from here."