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Boys soccer: Farmington's Agnew shuts out Northfield, Mayo

It hasn't taken Jake Agnew long to settle in at goalkeeper for the Farmington boys soccer team.

The sophomore didn't allow a goal in his varsity debut, a 90-minute, double-overtime tie with Rosemount in late August, and he hasn't given up many since. He stopped 10 shots in leading the Tigers to a 2-0 victory over Northfield in their Missota Conference opener last Thursday at Tiger Stadium and 14 saves to preserve another 0-0 overtime tie Saturday against Rochester Mayo.

In nine games, Agnew has stopped 104 of 111 shots for a .937 save percentage and earned five shutouts.

"Jake Agnew made some ridiculous saves against Mayo. He ended up with 14 total and quite a few of them were game-savers that required thoughtful positioning and incredible dives," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "Jake has been a great addition to the squad this year, bringing a tremendous knowledge of the position combined with the physical ability to make some acrobatic stops in the net."

The Tigers had just 11 shots against the Spartans, including a couple that hit off the posts. Scoring leader Jared Wolt sat the game out with an injury.

"We had difficulty creating shot opportunities.... About two or three of the shots were just wide, so we were certainly close to pulling off the win. The same could be said of Mayo, however, as Jake kept us in the game."

The Tigers finished with a record of 4-2-1 against section opponents and should be in position to earn a high seed for the 1AA tournament. They're 1-0 in the conference after last Thursday's blanking of Northfield.

Jared Wolt opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season at the 29:26 mark of the first half. Less than three minutes later, Hunter Meyers booted a long shot into the goal after a throw-in by Caleb Gochenour to make it 2-0.

The Tigers (5-2-2) are back home tonight for a conference matchup against New Prague.