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Farmington boys soccer caps off season with banquet

The Farmington boys soccer team celebrated its second straight eight-win season and third-place finish in the Missota Conference with a year-end banquet Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The Tigers were led by a group of 13 seniors -- the largest in coach Julian Buss's four years at the helm.

"We had a strong team bond and senior leadership was a big contributor to this," Buss said. "I would say that it seemed like a very special year, not so much in terms of overall wins or broken records, but in something intangible.... We had some very big wins and tough-to-stomach losses. Through the highs and lows we stayed strong as a team."

Buss credited captains Sam Peterson, Tyler Petter-McCauley, Kaid Nokes and Urive Omana for providing leadership for the team. Peterson, the team's primary goalkeeper, had four shutouts and was named all-conference, along with Petter-McCauley, a four-year starter, and Omana. Petter-McCauley was also named to team's Most Valuable Player.

Blake Smith and Jared Wolt, a pair of juniors, were named honorable mention all-conference and led the team in scoring with 10 and eight points, respectively.

The Tigers finished unbeaten in games where they scored a goal this season. Their lone tie came by a score of 1-1 and all eight of their losses came via shutout, including the final four games of the season.

"Unfortunately, even though we had a stellar defense and all-conference goalie in Sam Peterson, we walked away from games that we were unable to generate any goals," Buss said. "All eight of our losses turned out to be shutouts ... a telling statistic if there ever was one."

Among the season's highlights were a 2-1 road victory over a Northfield team that earned the No. 1 seed in the section and a 1-0 shutout of Chaska on homecoming. The Tigers also played a tightly-contest 1-0 contest with an Owatonna squad that went on to win the section crown.

"One big difference between the Farmington squad of a year ago and the 2012 team is that going into every game we knew that we had a chance to win," Buss said. "I can honestly say after this season that I look to see improvement next year and in the years to come."