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Girls soccer: Tigers split with ranked teams

The seventh-ranked teams in Class 1A and 2A, respectively, served as tough tests for the Farmington girls soccer team last week.

For the most part, the Tigers passed the tests with flying colors. They pulled off a 1-0 upset of Holy Angels last Tuesday in Richfield, and then played through 80 minutes of scoreless regulation before falling to Eagan 2-0 last Thursday at Tiger Stadium.

"We did a great job of keeping Eagan out of really dangerous scoring opportunities. Our second half may have been the best half of soccer in the program's history. We easily could have won in regulation," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said. "This was the best team we'll face unless we make state. That's not to say we'll win games, but if we bring this kind of mental and physical effort then we should be in any game."

Playing with the wind in the first half, Eagan had a 14-1 advantage in shots on goal. The teams switched sides at the break and the Tigers posted a 9-1 shot advantage over the final 40 minutes. The home team missed its best opportunity to complete the upset when Izzie Ferm's header hit off the crossbar.

Freshman Ashley Becker started in goal and stopped 20 Eagan shots.

Sydney Eckert started in goal last Tuesday and stopped all eight Holy Angels shots in a 1-0 shutout.

"They never threatened," Carpentier said. "They were a good team, but we played the way I've been waiting for us to play for four weeks."

After a scoreless first half, Kelli Harstad supplied the game-winner early in second half. It was her first goal of the season.

The Tigers (7-7, 2-3) close out the regular season with a pair of Missota Conference contests this week. They took on Chaska Tuesday and return home for the regular season finale tonight against New Prague.