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Girls soccer: Tigers second at Prior Lake

Lopsided wins over Faribault and Byron didn't prepare the Farmington girls soccer team for a Prior Lake squad coach Rob Carpentier considered the best his team may face all season.

After opening the season with a 5-2 win over Faribault last Thursday, the Tigers improved to 2-0 with a 5-1 victory over Byron Friday in the first round of the four-team Katie Drentlaw Invitational in Prior Lake. The decision advanced the Tigers to the championship game where they were dealt a 5-0 shutout by the host Lakers.

"On Saturday we took a huge step up in competition," Carpentier said. "The difference was the Lakers were outstanding with their passing and we had trouble marking their runners.... None of their goals came from them getting behind our defense. All were off of great passing build-ups. I honestly think we won't face a better team this season."

Carpentier added that he thought the game came down to Prior Lake's execution, rather than a mismatch in talent, and that his team can improve with a few adjustments.

"We will work on marking runners coming forward out of the midfield and defense as we move forward," he said. "The good news was that the mistakes were all fixable."

Prior Lake held a 2-0 lead for much of the game before putting three shots past Ashley Becker in the closing minutes. The Lakers finished with a 17-5 advantage in shots on goal.

It was Farmington that dominated that stat a day earlier, outshooting Byron 29-4.

Destiny Schmitz led the offense with a pair of goals, giving her three on the season, and Sydney Eckert, Kenya Macias and Leah Zak each scored goals. Zak's was the first of her five-year career.

Hannah Miller assisted on a pair of the goals and Kaylie Sorenson, Izzie Ferm and Eckert added single assists.

The Tigers outshot Faribault 32-3 and led 5-0 having not allowed a single shot in the first 50 minutes of Thursday's season opener at Bahl Field in Faribault.

Alex Frost, Schmitz, Miller, Ferm and Emily Johnson each accounted for one goal and and Sorenson, Rachel Welzin, Tina Oppedisano, Schmitz and Megan Graham provided assists.

The Tigers (2-1) hosted Lakeville South Tuesday night and are back on the road tonight when they travel to Rochester John Marshall to take on the Rockets.