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Girls soccer: Shutout caps 8-7-1 regular season

One statistic - shots on goal - told the story of Farmington's regular season finale last Thursday against New Prague.

Farmington, 46. New Prague, 1.

The Tigers turned in their seventh shutout of the season and four players found the net in a 4-0 Senior Night victory over the Trojans at Tiger Stadium. The win improved the Tigers' record to 8-7-1 and clinched the program's third straight .500-or-better season.

Sydney Eckert opened the scoring with her first goal of the season on a pass from Izzie Ferm. Kelly Kornmann added her second goal of the year, with the assist going to Rachel Beck.

Beck and fellow senior Kelli Harstad also found the back of the net on Senior Night.

Freshman Ashley Becker started in goal and stopped New Prague's lone shot to pick up her second shutout in as many games.

The Tigers open Section 1AA Tournament play tonight with a road trip to Northfield. The Raiders finished the regular season with a record of 10-4-2 that included a 3-1 win over Farmington Sept. 8 at Tiger Stadium. Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said it will take an effort like the ones his team turned in two weeks ago against ranked teams Holy Angels (1-0 win) and Eagan (2-0 overtime loss) if the Tigers are going to advance.

"I think we can win the section ... if we show up. The team that played against Holy Angels and Eagan is better than what virtually every other team in the section can put out on the field at their best. The thing is, other teams are more consistent," he said. "My job is to get the girls focused without being nervous. This is the first 'one and done' game for many of them."

Despite a 22-8 advantage in shots on goal, the Tigers once again struggled finishing in a 0-0 tie at Chaska last Tuesday.

The Tigers failed to convert on three breakaways and Becker saved all eight Chaska shots to preserve the tie.