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Girls soccer: Tigers use 4-goal second half to win 4-3 thriller

Things looked bleak for the Farmington girls soccer team heading into halftime of Monday's game at Henry Sibley.

The Tigers had just played what coach Rob Carpentier called their worst half of soccer in the last two years, and they faced a 2-0 deficit.

"We were flat in the first half," Carpentier said. "The kids were frustrated with themselves and each other.  We had a nice calm halftime talk about effort and what it means to be mature on the field.  We talked about lifting our effort but more importantly lifting each other."

The talk worked. The Tigers scored four second-half goals, the final two coming from Nadia Lorencz in the final five minutes, including a buzzer-beater with 1.6 seconds left, to rally for a 4-3 victory that improved their record to 7-4 heading into a stretch of five Missota Conference games in nine days.

"Could be the most exciting game I've ever been a part of as a player or a coach," Carpentier said.

The excitement started for the Tigers five minutes into the second half when Ashley Kimmell scored on a pass from Devyn Alberts. Soon after, Janine Miller tallied her first career varsity goal on a pass from Kimmell to tie the score at 2-2.

Henry Sibley took the lead back on a 30-yard floater past goalkeeper Taylor Meyer with under 15 minutes to go, but Lorencz retied the score 10 minutes later courtesy of another assist from Kimmell.

Lorencz's winning score began to develop when Elena Koch threw the ball in from the sideline with 25 seconds left. Miller won the ball and dished to Kelli Harstad, whose shot ricocheted off a defender and into the air in front of Lorencz. Lorencz kicked the ball out of the air and into the net from 20 yards out to give the visitors their only lead of the night with 1.6 seconds on the clock.

The Tigers hosted Holy Angels Tuesday and are back in action tonight at 7 p.m. in Northfield.