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Boys soccer: Tigers burn Blaze in OT

Senior midfielder Jeffrey Gutierrez dribbles up the field during a recent home game.

Monday night’s soccer game between Burnsville and Farmington was broadcast on cable in both cities. A back-and-forth first 80 minutes and two overtimes added some suspense for the television audience and Farmington midfielder Blake Smith provided the heroics and the happy ending when his 30-plus yard kick found the back of the net to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory at Tiger Stadium.

“Blake’s game-winning shot was a great exclamation point on the night,” Farmington coach Julian Buss said. “This game was a good test for our team coming off a difficult 3-0 loss in Owatonna on Saturday.… Despite the heat, we played an inspired game of soccer.”

The Tigers trailed for much of the first half, but tied the game at 5:35 when Jared Wolt scored on a throw-in from Matt Dubois.

“Burnsville scoring first put us in a tough spot. We could have gone either way after that,” Buss said. “The leadership and resolve of the team prevailed and we kept fighting.”

Wolt scored again midway through the second half, heading a cross from Hunter Meyers to make it 2-1. The score stayed that way until Burnsville scored again with less than five minutes remaining.

Farmington keeper Jake Agnew shut down the Blaze the rest of the way, and picked up the win when Smith scored the decisive goal with 3:30 remaining in the second overtime. Agnew finished with 13 saves.

“Jake did an outstanding job in goal,” Buss said.

Agnew also had 13 saves Saturday at Owatonna, but the Huskies (4-1-1) scored three goals in a 10-minute span in the second half and rolled to a 3-0 triumph.

“Owatonna is certainly in contention to be a top-seeded team this year. Their forwards were confident and managed to get shots off by challenging our defense to get the first shot off,” Buss said. “They were successful with rebound shots and second and third opportunities, as well.”

The Tigers opened last week with a 2-1 home win over Rochester Century last Tuesday.

Wolt scored both goals in the first half, the first coming on a cross from Smith and the second on a pass from Meyers.

“A highlight against Century was our ability to win the ball, distribute and create a significant number of quality scoring opportunities,” Buss said.

Agnew stopped seven shots and picked up his third win in goal despite allowing his first regulation goal of the season. The sophomore began his varsity career with three shutouts and a 1-0 overtime loss in his first four games.

The Tigers (4-2-1) open Missota Conference play at home tonight against Northfield. Game time is 5 p.m.