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Soccer: Lack of familiarity leads to a win for Farmington girls

The Farmington girls soccer team may be better off not knowing much about its opponents.

After losing back-to-back games to Prior Lake and Apple Valley, the Tigers took the field Thursday against a less-familiar Rochester John Marshall team and dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 shutout at Tiger Stadium.

"I think I can truthfully say that the outcome of the Apple Valley and certainly the Prior Lake game would have been different had we opened like we did against John Marshall," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "And it wasn't because the competition wasn't quite as talented as the two South Suburban teams - the girls didn't know a thing about John Marshall other than they played Lakeville South close.... It was pretty apparent early on we would win, it was simply a matter of how many we'd score."

Kenya Macias was the first Tiger to find the net, booting in a shot on a cross from Ashley Kimmell. Kimmell scored a goal of her own from 30 yards out just before halftime to make it 2-0.

Kimmell added another free kick goal from 30 yards out early in the second half, her seventh goal in five games.

Sydney Eckert started in goal and stopped all three Rockets shots that came her way as the Tigers posted a 26-3 advantage in shots on goal.

Eckert stopped 12 shots last Tuesday at Apple Valley, but the Eagles held on for a 2-0 win.

The Tigers had 17 shots, but 13 came in the final 22 minutes after they fell behind by two goals.

"At that point the girls decided to play and Apple Valley couldn't get it out of their end," Carpentier said. "We hit the post or crossbar several times but couldn't put one in."

The Tigers (3-2) traveled to Hastings for their final non-conference game before opening their Missota Conference slate with a home game against rival Northfield tonight at Tiger Stadium.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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