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Girls soccer: Season ends in frustrating fashion

Farmington sophomore Izzie Ferm dribbles toward the goal during last Thursday's 1-0 Section 1AA Tournament loss at Northfield. Ferm had a goal taken off the board in the second half.

A 13-4 disparity in fouls and a game-tying goal taken off the board had Farmington girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier more than a little frustrated after last Thursday's 1-0 Section 1AA Tournament loss to Northfield.

"I think it's a travesty, and this is the first time in my coaching career that I've ever said this, but the official had a huge say in the outcome of the game," Carpentier said. "Like I said, it's a travesty."

Northfield got on the board three minutes into the game and held that lead late into the second half when Farmington's Izzie Ferm headed the ball past the keeper for what the Tigers thought was a game-tying goal. Instead, Ferm was whistled for impeding the Northfield goalkeeper and the goal was waived off.

"The Northfield coach just gave me a look of 'lousy call' and the head coach at Hamline came to me after the game and said it was one of the most egregiously bad calls he's seen in the last few years," Carpentier said.

Carpentier also questioned the difference in the number of fouls called, as he said Northfield is known for its physical play.

"Thirteen fouls against us and only four against them when we had the run of play and Northfield is one of the most notoriously physical teams in the state - it was a physical but clean game, but still, we got jobbed as the inconsistency in fouls called was galling."

The Tigers finished with an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal, but two Hannah Miller shots sailed just wide and Rachel Beck missed a potential tying goal on a breakaway.

"It was a fantastic game," Carpentier said. "The kids played so well and deserved to at least see what happened in an overtime."

The loss ended the high school careers of seven seniors - Beck, Kelli Harstad, Tia Jacoby, Ashley Kimmell, Alyssa Parco, Taylor Meyer and Gabby White. The group helped the Tigers go 8-8-1 this season and win 26 games over the last three seasons.