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 rest of the five-team field was no match for Farmington at Saturday's Kennedy Invitational at Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington. The Tigers won eight of the meet's 12 events and racked up an even 800 points, 298 more than runner-up Red Wing's 502. Teams from Eau Claire North (394), Minneapolis Southwest/Henry (370) and Bloomington Kennedy (231) also competed. All three relays went to the Tigers, starting with the 200 medley relay.
For Farmington boys soccer coach Julian Buss, missed opportunities were what he thought about when looking back at Saturday's home game against section rival Rochester Mayo. The Tigers outshot the Spartans and had plenty of direct kicks and corner kicks, but failed to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss at Tiger Stadium. "This was a tough loss. We outplayed Mayo and had more opportunities. Unfortunately for us, we were unable to finish," said Buss, whose team was shut out for just the second time in nine games.
Playing on your home court is usually an advantage, but it hasn't helped the reeling Farmington volleyball team over the last 10 days. Fans looking on at Tiger Gym have seen the Tigers lose six straight home matches during that stretch, including all four at Saturday's Farmington Invitational, dropping their record to 4-10. In the opener, the Tigers dropped a back-and-forth 28-26 contest to Jordan, and then fell 25-10 in Game 2. Two more close games didn't go the home team's way against New Ulm (25-23, 25-21), and then Bloomington Kennedy rolled past the Tigers, 25-15, 25-11.
A switch to a no-huddle offense sparked two second-half touchdown drives and the Farmington defense held Chanhassen scoreless over the final 24 minutes of a 17-14 victory Friday night at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers trailed 14-3 at halftime, with their only points coming courtesy of a 32-yard field goal by Reid Taubenheim. The team's other four first-half drives ended via a fumble, an interception at the goal line and two punts after failed conversions on third and short.
It was a workmanlike week for the Farmington girls soccer team. After upsetting Park 1-0 last Monday, the Tigers won a pair of games they were supposed to win, rallying for a 2-1 win at Red Wing Thursday and shutting out Rochester Mayo 3-0 in Rochester on Saturday. "We were in control throughout. Nothing fancy," Farmington coach Rob Carpentier said after his team improved to 6-4 in Rochester. The Tigers led just 1-0 at halftime thanks to Hannah Miller, who scored her first varsity goal on a pass from Rachel Beck.
Passing yards 5. Darren Beenken, 55-87, 599 yards, 7 TD 200 individual medley 11. Kaitlyn O'Reilly, 2:16.12 200 medley relay 6. Farmington, 1:55.93
A switch to the no-huddle offense sparked two second-half touchdown drives and the Farmington defense held Chanhassen scoreless over the final 24 minutes of a 17-14 victory Friday night at Tiger Stadium. The Storm (0-3) got on the board first on a seven-yard touchdown run by Maverick Edmunds with 8:43 left in the second quarter.
The Farmington football team will make its 2011 home debut tonight when it takes on Chanhassen. The Tigers are 0-2, but are coming off two well-contested games.
Girls tennis Chanhassen 7, Farmington 0 Volleyball Hastings 3, Farmington 1 Girls soccer Farmington 1, Park 0 Boys soccer Kennedy 6, Farmington 0
Megan Stivers' rally at No. 4 singles allowed the Farmington girls tennis team to avoid a sweep at the hands of Burnsville last Tuesday. Stivers lost her first set 2-6 before recovering for a 6-2, 6-3 victory. "After a slow start I thought Megan played maybe her best match of the year," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Her forehand, which had previously given her trouble, now is controlling the rallies and becoming a weapon." Also turning in their best performances of the year, according to Olwell, were No. 1 and 2 singles players Meghan Lindstrom and Maggie Rudorfer.