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Girls soccer: Tigers sweep Missota foes

After a 5-0 loss to Eagan to open last week, the Farmington girls soccer team used a couple of teams with a combined record of 2-13-2 to help get itself back on track.

The Tigers returned to the field less than 24 hours after the shutout in Eagan and scored a season-high seven goals in a 7-0 drubbing of winless Red Wing. The team returned home Thursday and earned its sixth shutout of the season while improving to 3-0 in the Missota Conference with a 2-0 blanking of New Prague.

“It was a feel-good game and a match we needed to win. With losing to Eagan, we needed a feel-good game to help us through the Homecoming week,” Farmington coach Tracie Randall said after the Red Wing game. “The kids are getting sick, exhausted and mending to injuries, but dug deep to pull off the win.”

Destiny Schmitz did her part against the Wingers, scoring a career-high four goals. She netted the first three in a 16-minute span in the first half, with two coming on assists from Hannah Miller and one coming from Kelli Elmer. Sarah Zak later found the net on a pass from Kaitlyn LaCroix to make it 4-0 at halftime.

Schmitz’s fourth goal came unassisted four minutes into the second half.

“She continually shows us why she is so important to our team’s success,” Randall said. “Destiny is the kind of player that never quits and challenges herself each game.”

Elmer added a goal of her own six minute later on a pass from Kelly Kornmann and Shannon McKnight knocked in goal No. 7, with the assist going to Rachael Welzin.

Goalkeeper Ashley Becker earned her fifth shutout.

Despite the goal outburst at Red Wing, the Tigers made some adjustments back home on Thursday against New Prague.

Kornmann moved from forward to midfield where Randall hoped she could handle the ball more, and Miller rotated to one of the forward spots.

The changes didn’t result in a high goal total, but the Tigers still picked up a 2-0 shutout and stayed unbeaten in Missota play.

“We are trying to make a push offensively and get more goals. Tying games isn’t an option anymore. We’ve had time to adjust, move things around and understand the expectations of each other,” Randall said. “It’s time to start winning more of the games we should be and come out strong from the whistle on.”

The Tigers got on the board 11 minutes into Thursday’s game when Schmitz found Nicole Doran for a goal. It stayed 1-0 until midway through the second half when Izzie Ferm headed the ball past the keeper on a corner kick by Megan Graham.

Becker once again picked up the shutout in goal.

The Tigers (6-2-3) traveled to Chaska Tuesday and host Chanhassen tonight at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.