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Boys soccer: Late goal lifts Tigers

Farmington coach Julian Buss made some personnel changes that paid off during last Tuesday's come-from-behind victory over Red Wing.

With starting midfielders Christian Thao and Brandon Scott missing due to injuries, Buss moved sweeper Sam Leske up to midfield to try to create some offense. The adjustment helped the Tigers rally from a 1-0 deficit as Leske sparked the offense and scored the go-ahead goal with 3:14 remaining in an eventual 2-1 decision at Tiger Stadium.

"With senior captain Christian Thao and junior Brandon Scott both out of this game we wanted to have the right personnel in the middle of the field to control passing and scoring opportunities," Buss said. "Sam also has a knack for creating scoring opportunities. He took the responsibility of getting the lead on his shoulders."

The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second half when Cole Landwehr was fouled and Justin Thelen drilled a 25-yard free kick around a wall of Red Wing defenders.

"Red Wing built a pretty large wall, but Justen just went right around it, pounding a great shot into the back of the net," Buss said.

The Tigers saw their record slip back to 4-4 with a 2-0 shutout loss to Lakeville South Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

The Cougars scored with 16:35 left in the first half and the score stayed 1-0 until a goal in the final minute.

"Farmington played a solid game against a tough Section 1AA opponent," Buss said. "It was a good loss if there is such a thing. We played aggressively all game and out-hustled Lakeville. We had our chances to score. I can walk away from this one knowing that our boys played tough all game."

The Tigers resume their Missota Conference schedule with road games this week at Chanhassen (Tuesday) and at Shakopee (Thursday).