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Boys soccer: Wyatt, Landwehr score in 2-1 win over Hastings

Farmington senior Zachary Wyatt takes the ball away from a Rosemount player during last week's 1-0 loss.

Back-to-back shutout losses to Rosemount and Park of Cottage Grove have the Farmington boys soccer team back at an even 3-3 heading into tonight's 5 p.m. home game against Red Wing.

The Tigers opened last week with a 2-1 victory over Hastings before the offense went cold. Zach Wyatt opened the scoring against the Raiders with an unassisted goal from about 30 yards out just over five minutes into the game.

The score stayed 1-0 until a series of nice passes resulted in a goal for Cole Landwehr three minutes into the second half.

Sweeper Sam Leske started the run by handling the ball to midfield. He then fed the ball to midfielder Blake Smith, who followed with a pass to Justen Thelen on the outside. Thelen took a shot that deflected off the Hastings goalie, setting up an easy header for Landwehr.

Hastings got on the board with a shot past Chad Stivers with 3:20 remaining. Stivers finished with five saves.

"The Farmington boys did a good job of controlling the pace of the game with some really nice, crisp passes and good movement on the field, resulting in quite a few scoring opportunities, despite the low score of the game," Farmington coach Julian Buss said.

The Tigers played even with Rosemount for 27-plus minutes last Thursday before the Irish used a direct kick to score the lone goal of the game on a breakaway at the 12:30 mark.

Buss said his team played well despite the loss, and that the torn-up field at Irish Stadium played a factor in the game.

"Farmington played tough all game. We put pressure on, stepped nicely to the ball and controlled the ball for a good part of the game. Our passes were sharp and our movement was good," he said. "The field was in pretty rough shape. Quite often a crisply passed ball would end up becoming airborne and hard to control due to the ruts in the field."

The Tigers will be back on their smooth home turf for their next two games as they host Red Wing tonight and Lakeville South at 11 a.m. on Saturday.