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Boys soccer: Mayo takes section clash

Rochester Mayo came out shooting in a possible section tournament preview Saturday in Rochester.

The Spartans sent the ball toward the Farmington net early and often and improved to 6-2 with a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers.

"Credit Mayo for continually attacking and taking shots. If there is one thing we need to work on it is taking more shots," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "We battled and had some very good possession and play throughout the game.... I think that if we end up playing Mayo at section tournament time we should stand a better chance."

Buss said the timing of Saturday's game wasn't good for the Tigers, considering they were less than two days removed from a dramatic 2-1 conference road win at Northfield Thursday night.

"We have had some tough experiences at Northfield over the last few years. I'm thinking this is a Farmington boys soccer first," Buss said. "I was totally impressed by how the boys stepped up to the challenge.... Winning kept our goals for a strong finish in both the conference and section alive."

The Raiders, who entered with a record of 5-1, got on the board first on a scrum in front of the net midway through the first half. The Tigers answered five minutes later when Urive Omana put a shot past the Northfield keeper and just under the cross bar on a pass from Noah Amundson.

Blake Smith provided the game-winner 20:27 into the second half on a free kick from 20 yards out.

Goalkeeper Sam Peterson picked up the win, stopping a career-high 24 Northfield shots.

"Without a doubt Sam had the best game of his career," Buss said. "So many of his saves were accomplished by quick hands, last-second punches, dives and good positioning."

The Tigers opened the week with a 5-1 rout of Faribault last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

Buss gave at least 40 minutes of playing time to all 12 of his seniors and four of them found the net. Seniors Omana and Leslie Adjei each scored late in the first half on assists from Smith and Jake Bauman and Nicholas Hermoza found the net in the second half on passes from Jared Wolt. It was Hermoza's first career varsity goal.

Wolt also opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the first half.

Peterson played in goal in the first half and stopped four shots. Fellow senior Isaac Toenjes took over in the second half and collected four saves.

The Tigers hosted Red Wing Tuesday and resume their conference schedule tonight with a road trip to New Prague.