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Boys soccer: Tigers finish third in Missota

The Farmington boys soccer team finished third in the Missota Conference this year, the best conference finish in the team's history.

Seniors accounted for eight of the team's goals as Farmington achieved the highest Missota Conference finish in program history with a 10-0 shutout of New Prague on Senior Night last Thursday at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers finished the regular season 8-6-2 overall, including 4-2-1 in the league. Holy Angels won the conference with a perfect 7-0 mark and Northfield placed second, one-half game ahead of Farmington.

"It was a good homecoming. We played a good game of possession and passing," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "The senior boys enjoyed their last regular season home game of their high school careers."

It was an especially enjoyable finale for senior Brandon Scott, who scored a career-high four goals in a span of 22 minutes in the first half to extend the Tiger lead to 5-0. Cole Landwehr assisted on two of the goals and Urive Omana and Reid Wolf provided assists on the two others. Scott finished the regular season with a team-leading 14 goals.

Landwehr followed with a goal to make it 6-0, and then added a second score to stretch the advantage to 8-0 a minute into the second half. Landwher sits second on the team with 11 goals.

Seniors Sam Leske and Alec Hogstad rounded out the scoring with their first goals of the season. Other Tiger goals came from Robin DeCastro and birthday boy Kenny Riley.

Senior goaltender Chad Stivers didn't get in the scoring column, but played a portion of the game on the offensive end. Senior Mike Ricker made his first career appearance in goal and stopped two shots.

Seniors Stivers, Ricker, Leske, Landwehr, Scott, Hogstad, Ricker, Tyler Vue and Bridger Williamson led the program to a record eight regular season wins after it had won just six, four and four games the previous three seasons.

"It has been a pleasure coaching this year's senior group. They may very well be the strongest senior class we have seen here at FHS," Buss said. "These seniors represent a group of boys who have grown up enjoying playing the game of soccer for many years - many of them have played together their whole lives. Their experience has certainly been evident on the field this year."

The team suffered a frustrating loss in its final road game of the season last Tuesday at Chaska.

Chaska scored three unanswered goals in the second half to rally for a 3-2 victory.

Scott and DeCastro each scored early goals as the visitors went into the halftime break with a 2-0 advantage.

The Tigers earned the No. 5 seed in the section and open up Section 1AA Tournament play tonight at No. 4 Northfield.