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Boys soccer: Tigers put up a fight at North

Farmington made second-seeded Lakeville North sweat a little bit in the opening round of the Section 1AA Tournament last Thursday night.

The Tigers played the Panthers to a 0-0 halftime tie, and put some decent shot attempts on goal, before a goal two minutes into the second half allowed Lakeville North to advance with a 1-0 victory.

"We played a great game of soccer," second-year coach Julian Buss said. "I think the boys were disappointed in the loss, as would be expected, but overall were happy with the way they played strong all game and all season."

Goalkeeper Chad Stivers kept the Tigers in the game with 16 saves.

"Chad Stivers had an outstanding game in goal, once again," Buss said.

The Tigers got several chances to tie the game, but couldn't break through as they were shut out for the eighth time this season.

"North was stingy on defense, allowing only a handful of shots," Buss said. "We did have several scoring opportunities from crosses, throw-ins and breakaways, but were bested by North's defenders."

The Tigers finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the eight-team Missota Conference at 3-4 and ended up 6-11 overall. Four of those losses came by a single goal.

"We know we can compete with anyone out there," Buss said. "Farmington boys soccer is moving in the right direction."