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Girls soccer: South Suburban struggles

Another well-played game against a South Suburban Conference opponent ended in defeat for the Farmington girls soccer team Saturday.

The Tigers, who entered at 5-3 with all three losses coming at the hands of South Suburban schools, played even with Lakeville South for nearly 77 minutes before the Cougars booted a 20-yard free kick past goalkeeper Taylor Meyer to earn a 1-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.

"It was a very, very even game with both teams only getting a few real chances at goal," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "Our kids played a solid game. It essentially came down to this: Our free kick from 20 yards out to end the first half hit the bar and theirs from virtually the same spot with three minutes in the game went in."

Meyer, coming off back-to-back shutouts, stopped 16 of 17 Lakeville South shots.

"Meyer played her best game of the year in goal, just controlling her box, being aggressive and vocal," Carpentier said.

Meyer blanked Red Wing last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium and the Farmington offense came to life in time to pick up a 2-0 win.

Devyn Alberts opened the scoring on a pass from Ashley Kimmell. Kelli Harstad followed with a goal on a pass from Shelby Calhoun.

Carpentier said his team hit the post with eight shots in the second half.

The Tigers, 1-0 in the Missota Conference, enter the thick of their league slate this week with road games Tuesday at Chanhassen and Thursday at Shakopee.

"This week will be an exercise with two defensive-minded teams on the docket," Carpentier said.