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Soccer: Farmington boys are off to a great start

Farmington boys soccer.

The Farmington boys soccer team finally allowed a goal Thursday night, but it didn't stop the Tigers from grabbing another win and continuing the best start to a season in program history.

Goalkeeper Chad Stivers allowed his first goal of 2011 with nine minutes remaining, but stopped a late barrage of Rosemount shots as he finished with 15 saves and preserved a 2-1 win over the Irish at Tiger Stadium.

"Chad Stivers had a tremendous night," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "That goal elevated the level of intensity as Rosemount got fired up with hopes of a potential tie, which would have forced overtime. The Farmington boys responded with solid, aggressive play to earn their third win."

The Farmington scoring started when Blake Smith deflected a corner kick off a Rosemount player for a goal just over seven minutes into the first half. The score stayed 1-0 until midway through the second half when Cole Landwehr found Brandon Scott, who advanced past the last Rosemount defender and put the ball past the keeper to push the lead to 2-0.

The Tigers overcame a slow start and slick field conditions to get past Rochester John Marshall 2-0 in their home opener last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

"Wet weather seemed to throw us off our game a bit for the first half," Buss said. "We didn't really play our game of fast passes and quick scoring opportunities. We talked during the halftime break about stepping up our efforts in terms of winning the 50-50 balls, better movement to the ball and anticipating passes and scoring opportunities."

The section rivals remained tied at 0-0 until Landwehr scored on a pass from Smith 37 seconds into the second half. Smith's assist came on a direct kick after Tyler Petter McCauley drew a foul on what coach Buss described as a "nice hustle play".

Just over 10 minutes later, Scott scored the Tigers' second goal on an assist from Landwher.

"It was a good finish and the boys can be congratulated for getting the job done when they need to after a rough first half," Buss said.

Stivers stopped all four John Marshall shots to pick up his third straight shutout.

The Tigers wrapped up their non-conference schedule Tuesday with a road trip to Hastings. The Missota Conference season begins tonight when rival Northfield comes to Tiger Stadium.