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Girls soccer: Farmington Tigers control own destiny

Farmington midfielder Sarah Zak takes the ball away from a Red Wing player during last Tuesday's 5-0 win at Tiger Stadium.

The Farmington girls soccer team hasn't allowed a goal in its last four games, but head coach Rob Carpentier doesn't get the sense his squad is brimming with confidence at the moment.

That's because the Tigers played nearly 80 minutes of scoreless soccer against a reeling New Prague team before Hannah Miller's free kick in the final minute bounced off a defender and into the net to secure a 1-0 victory on Thursday. The Tigers out-shot the Trojans 37-1 before Miller's goal.

"I think our confidence took a hit by only scoring once against New Prague. I honestly won't know how the girls will respond at practice on Monday," Carpentier said. "We are great in possession and our defense has been strong -- not because we aren't allowing goals, but because we really aren't allowing shots. However, we aren't scoring."

The 8-2-2 Tigers have been shut out four times, including twice in their last four games. Meanwhile, their defense has registered seven shutouts. Keeper Ashley Becker played all 80 minutes for the shutout against New Prague and split time with Marissa Muelken in a 5-0 win over Red Wing last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium as the home team posted a 27-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Kelli Kornmann scored two of the goals and Naomi Wood, Emily Johnson and Megan Graham each scored once as the Tigers matched their season-high goal total against the 3-7 Wingers.

Kornmann opened the scoring and Graham made it 2-0 on a corner kick by Sydney Eckert. Miller, Destiny Schmitz and Kelli Elmer added assists in the second half.

Despite the offensive inconsistency, the Tigers control their own destiny in the Missota Conference heading into their final three league games. At 4-0, they can clinch the conference crown with wins over Chaska, seventh-ranked and second-place (Class 1A) Holy Angels and Shakopee in the next week. The team also travels to Owatonna tonight for a game that will have section seeding implications.