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Girls soccer: Farmington girls bounce back with a win over Park

Farmington girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier is hoping Monday's 1-0 victory over Park in Cottage Grove will provide a spark for the Tigers as they head into the thick of their Missota Conference schedule.

Coming off back-to-back losses to Hastings and Northfield last week, the Tigers overcame some missed opportunities and injuries to defeat a Park team that entered play with a record of 6-1 and had allowed just two goals in those seven games.

"We finally played with sustained effort and it paid off," Carpentier said. "This was a potentially big win for us. We talked about jump starting our season with this game and it happened. Park is flat-out better than three of the four teams that we've lost to."

The Tigers played with a strong wind at their back for the first 40 minutes, but went into the break still locked into a scoreless tie.

"We dominated the half but simply played scared around Park's goal," Carpentier said. "We should have been up by at least two or three at the half."

Instead, the score remained knotted up until the final five minutes. That's when Tia Jacoby sent a kick toward the goal that sophomore Izzie Ferm headed past the Park keeper for her first career goal.

Farmington goalkeeper Sydney Eckert preserved the lead the rest of the way. She stopped all seven Park shots, including two saves Carpentier described as "remarkable" in the second half, and benefitted from a couple of shots going off the crossbar.

The Tigers (4-4) now get a bit of a break from their tough early-season schedule as they take on Red Wing (tonight), Rochester Mayo and Chanhassen, teams with a combined record of 6-10-1, in their next three games. They will be without starting sweeper Leah Zak, who may have suffered a concussion against Park, and Kenya Macias, who has a sprained ankle.