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Girls soccer: Injuries hamper season

Farmington senior Janine Miller is screened away from the ball by Rosemount's Shade Pratt during the first half of Tuesday's Section 3AA Tournament loss at Rosemount. The Tigers finished the season with a 9-8-1 record.

A season that opened full of promise came to an anticlimactic end for the Farmington girls soccer team last Tuesday night.

The Tigers battled injuries to several key players and a much tougher schedule during their second straight nine-win season, but once again bowed out in the opening round of Section 3AA after a 4-0 loss at Rosemount.

The Irish took control with two first-half goals against sophomore goaltender Alex Frost, who was in the net for injured all-conference player Taylor Meyer.

Meyer and Shelby Calhoun each missed the last two games of the season due to injury, Ashley Kimmell missed some time during the conference season and Hannah Miller, Liz Gallus and Syd Eckert were all shelved throughout the season due to injury.

"The girls were let down, but more angry than anything. They had goals of conference and section titles, or close to those," second-year head coach Rob Carpentier said. "They know, as I do, that we didn't achieve those goals because of injuries, not because of other teams beating us.... That was a total of 76 player games we lost. That's an insane number of games lost to injury."

Those losses led to the Tigers finishing 9-8-1 and third in the Missota Conference. The team had to settle for a No. 5 seed in a talented Section 3AA and Tuesday's road loss to No. 4 Rosemount ended the careers of seniors Devyn Alberts, Bree Brower, Calhoun, Gallus, Amber Johnson, Elena Koch, Janine Miller and Alaina Trowbridge.

"I have coached for roughly a decade and of all the teams I've had, boys or girls, this was my favorite.  Great chemistry.  Always showed up with great attitudes.  Had a great competitive spirit," Carpentier said. "They have been the foundation of the program we are building.  The girls who follow will know the history of the program and they will know of this senior class."