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Boys soccer: Tigers slip to third in Missota

Farmington's Hunter Meyers tries to control the ball as a Holy Angels player approaches during the first half of last Tuesday's 7-0 loss to the Stars at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers finished third in the conference for the second year in a row.

The Farmington boys soccer team never lost when it scored a goal this season.

The Tigers finished the regular season 8-7-1 and were shut out in all seven of their losses, including two last week that ended hopes of a first-ever Missota Conference championship and left them third in the eight-team league for the second straight year.

Fifth-ranked Holy Angels came to Tiger Stadium for a matchup of conference unbeatens last Tuesday and left with a 7-0 victory that all but locked up its second straight league title. The Stars went on to clinch the conference with a 2-2 tie at second-place Northfield last Thursday.

The Stars put up five goals in the first half against Farmington, including two on penalty kicks in the first18 minutes that set the tone.

"I was extremely proud of how our Farmington team kept their heads level when things were obviously not going our way," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "You see it so often when a team gets down and things start to fall apart. Not so with this group. I saw a lot of character and leadership on the field tonight."

All 13 players saw action in the Tigers' final game at Tiger Stadium. Buss was especially pleased with the effort of captains Tyler Petter-McCauley, Sam Peterson, Kaid Nokes and Urive Omana.

Peterson and Isaac Toenjes split goalkeeping duties and each saved seven shots.

The Tigers closed out the regular season last Thursday in Shakopee. The Sabers headed in a corner kick with 15:38 left in the first half and made that goal stand for a 1-0 win.

Peterson finished with 10 saves.

The Tigers (8-7-1) earned the No. 5 seed in Section 1AA and open the tournament tonight at No. 4 Rochester Mayo. The winner will likely face top-seeded Northfield on the road Saturday.