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Boys soccer: Tigers shut out by Storm

Farmington got a first-hand look at why Chanhassen stands alone atop the Missota Conference standings last Thursday night.

The Storm came to Tiger Stadium and built a three-goal lead in the first half en route to a 4-0 shutout. It was their sixth straight win and fifth shutout of the season.Farmington’s Matt Dubois cuts in front of an opponent to control the ball during a recent home game. The Tigers close out the re

“Chanhassen was a strong opponent. They moved the ball quickly and took accurate shots on net,” Farmington coach Julian Buss said.

Farmington played well in the second half, but couldn’t cash in on several scoring chances. The Storm, meanwhile, scored their lone goal on a penalty kick.

“We had about 10 quality scoring opportunities throughout the game but were unable to convert any for a goal,” Buss said. “We played a more aggressive, heads-up second half that I was impressed with. At half we talked about maintaining the mindset that we were out to win and the boys stepped up and delivered.”

Goalkeeper Jake Agnew finished with six saves.

Agnew made 23 saves and got plenty of help from his defense in a 1-1 tie on the road at Chaska last Tuesday. It was the Tigers’ sixth overtime game of the season and their fourth tie in 12 games.

Chaska got on the board first seven minutes into the first half, but Jared Wolt scored on a header just a minute later to tie the game at 1-1. Caleb Gochenour got the assist via a header on a throw-in by Blake Smith.

“Although we certainly would have liked to win this one, it is a sign of a strong team that we are really shutting down our opponents’ offense,” Buss said. “We have had difficulty generating offense of our own at times, but for the most part defensively we have been solid.”

The Tigers sit at 6-3-4 overall and 2-1-2 in the conference heading into the final week of the regular season. They traveled to Richfield to face second-place Holy Angels on Tuesday and close out the schedule tonight at home against third-place Shakopee. A pair of wins this week could bump the Tigers up from fifth to second or third in the final standings.