Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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The Farmington volleyball team used strong finishes to claim three close games and secure its first Missota Conference victory of the season Thursday night. The Tigers entertained a big Jam the Gym crowd with a 25-21, 25-23, 13-25, 25-21 win over rival Northfield at Tiger Gym. "The biggest difference was execution in the last five points of every game," Farmington coach Mike Woody said. "We started to believe we not only belonged, but believed we could win. It was fun to see all the hard work the girls have been putting in finally pay off.
One statistic - shots on goal - told the story of Farmington's regular season finale last Thursday against New Prague. Farmington, 46. New Prague, 1. The Tigers turned in their seventh shutout of the season and four players found the net in a 4-0 Senior Night victory over the Trojans at Tiger Stadium. The win improved the Tigers' record to 8-7-1 and clinched the program's third straight .500-or-better season. Sydney Eckert opened the scoring with her first goal of the season on a pass from Izzie Ferm.
Farmington scored touchdowns on its first two drives of each half and went on to reclaim the Tractor Trophy by defeating rival Northfield 27-0 in a Homecoming showdown Friday night at Tiger Stadium. "We wanted to come in and begin the second half of the season strong. Now we're looking for a few wins in a row with that second season coming. You want to have that confidence going in, knowing you can win,"?said Farmington head coach Mark Froehling, whose team scored its first shutout in three years. "We're a young team and a win like this is something we can build on.
Last year's game against Northfield may have been the best of the season for the Farmington football team. The Tigers fell 21-16 on the road against a Raiders team that went on to win eight games and finish second in the Missota Conference while piling up over 2,000 rushing yards. The Northfield team the Tigers host in tonight's Homecoming game appears to be far less intimidating. The Raiders have lost two games in a row - one to a Chanhassen team Farmington defeated for its only victory - and they've already matched last season's total of three losses.
Cross country at the Waseca Invitational Boys: Waseca 27, Farmington 58, Maple River 76, United South Central/Alden-Conger 96, WEM/JWP 143, NRHEG 151 Girls: Waseca 32, USC/AC 46, Farmington 64, WEM/JWP 99, NRHEG 138, MR incomplete Boys soccer Farmington 10, New Prague 0 The Farmington boys soccer team finished third in the Missota Conference by closing an 8-6-2 regular season with a 10-0 rout of New Prague.
Volleyball Katie Habeck, Concordia University, St. Paul: Habeck, a freshman, had nine kills and two blocks as the top-ranked Golden Bears remained undefeated with a 3-0 sweep of St. Cloud State Saturday in St. Paul. Habeck ranks third on the team with 114 kills and has the top kill percentage at .429. She also leads the team with 51 blocks. Kirstee Rotty, St. Olaf College: Rotty had nine digs, an ace serve and one set assist in a 3-1 loss to Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the final game of the Wartburg College Tournament Saturday in Waverly, Iowa.
Farmington's volleyball team wasn't fazed by a 2-0 sweep at the hands of second-ranked Jackson County Central in the opening round of the Rochester Century Invitational Saturday. The Tigers, after seeing their losing streak stretch to 12 games with a 25-7, 25-16 loss to the eventual tournament champions, won two of their next three matches to finish fifth in the 16-team competition. Farmington responded with a 25-17, 25-21 victory over a White Bear Lake team it lost to in three games in the final round of the Farmington Invitational three weeks ago.
Lakeville South's only second-half shot on goal came on a confusing penalty kick that allowed the Cougars to escape with a 1-0 home win over Farmington Thursday afternoon. With the score tied at 0-0 early in the second half, a Lakeville South player fell down in front of the goal and was awarded a penalty kick. According to Farmington coach Julian Buss, the officials couldn't identify who the penalty was on, then gave the Cougars a penalty kick without goaltender Chad Stivers in the goal.
Northfield won 8 of 12 events in a 97-89 victory over Farmington last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool. The host Tigers won the first event of the meet as the foursome of Kaitlyn O'Reilly, Abby Haugen, Zoe Avestruz and Kirsten Kracke claimed the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 54.52 seconds. O'Reilly came back to top the field in the 200 freestyle, tying the score at 23-23 through three events. Northfield proceeded to earn first-place finishes in the next six events, building a 77-63 advantage.
The seventh-ranked teams in Class 1A and 2A, respectively, served as tough tests for the Farmington girls soccer team last week. For the most part, the Tigers passed the tests with flying colors. They pulled off a 1-0 upset of Holy Angels last Tuesday in Richfield, and then played through 80 minutes of scoreless regulation before falling to Eagan 2-0 last Thursday at Tiger Stadium. "We did a great job of keeping Eagan out of really dangerous scoring opportunities. Our second half may have been the best half of soccer in the program's history.