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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Ball-control, defense and goalkeeping have all been strengths for the Farmington girls soccer team this season. When the Tigers have struggled, it's been because of their inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities. That was the case Saturday afternoon as a sub-.500 Rochester Mayo team came to Tiger Stadium and escaped 80 minutes of regulation and two overtimes with a scoreless tie. The Tigers slipped to 6-2-2 despite outshooting the Spartans, 21-4. "We dominated possession and moved the ball around well. However, we still struggled to finish our many opportunities in the box.
Red Wing was just a few yards away from tying the score late in the first half of Friday night's Missota Conference meeting at Tiger Stadium. Trailing 7-0, the Wingers held onto the ball for over eight minutes and traveled 71 yards on 16 plays before the Tigers stopped them one yard short of a first down at the three-yard line.
Rochester Mayo came out shooting in a possible section tournament preview Saturday in Rochester. The Spartans sent the ball toward the Farmington net early and often and improved to 6-2 with a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers. "Credit Mayo for continually attacking and taking shots. If there is one thing we need to work on it is taking more shots," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "We battled and had some very good possession and play throughout the game....
Red Wing was just a couple of yards away from tying the score late in the first half of Friday night's Missota Conference meeting at Tiger Stadium. Trailing 7-0, the Wingers held onto the ball for over eight minutes and traveled 71 yards on 16 plays before the Tigers stopped them one yard short of a first down at the three-yard line.
The Farmington girls tennis team had its three-match winning streak come to an end as it dropped a pair of matches last week. The Tigers managed just one singles win and one doubles win in a 5-2 loss at Burnsville last Tuesday, and then were saved from a sweep thanks to a strong showing at No. 1 doubles in last Thursday's 6-1 Missota Conference setback at Northfield. "We took it on the chin (against Burnsville) but not because we didn't give them all we had. They just had a little bit more firepower," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Northfield, as usual, was pretty strong.
The Farmington girls swimming and diving team won nine of 12 events as it breezed to an 89-86 Missota Conference dual win over Red Wing Thursday night at the Dodge Middle School pool. Juniors Kaitlyn O'Reilly and Cora Ruzicka, sophomore Kirsten Kracke and freshman Chelsea Gehrke were all part of three of those first-place finishes. Individually, O'Reilly claimed titles in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley, Ruzicka won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, Gehrke came out on top in the 200 freestyle and Kracke set the pace in the 100 backstroke.
The Farmington volleyball team put an end to its five-match losing streak and came on strong to collect 13th place by coming away victorious in its final two contests Saturday at the Keller Klassic in Coon Rapids. The Tigers played competitively in their first two matches, but eventually lost to Grand Rapids 25-27, 12-25 and Benilde-St. Margaret's 27-25, 18-25 and 12-15. "We played quite well in most of our first match against Grand Rapids. Game 2 of that was better than the score indicated. Grand Rapids had so many extraordinary defensive plays.
Two quick goals put Farmington in a hole it couldn't dig out of in Saturday's non-conference matchup in Burnsville. The Blaze played well with the lead and tacked on another goal in the final 10 minutes as they extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-0 shutout. "Burnsville was a solid team and we played them very well. The fact is that we played a tough team, we kept up with the pace of the game and walked away a better team because of it," said Farmington coach Julian Buss, whose squad slipped to 3-3-1 on the season.
Last week served as a measuring stick for the Farmington girls soccer team -- an opportunity to see how they stacked up against the best of the rest in the Missota Conference and Section 1AA. The Tigers passed the first test with flying colors Thursday as they rolled to their third shutout in a row in a 1-0 victory on the road over fellow league favorite Chanhassen. Saturday's challenge proved more difficult, as No.
The Farmington girls cross country team made some big strides at Friday's Faribault Invitation. The Tiger girls brought all seven varsity runners in under 17 minutes on the four-kilometer course at Alexander North Park as they improved from 15th to ninth out of 18 teams with 220 points. Totino-Grace placed three runners in the top 10 and five in the top 25 to beat runner-up Lakeville North, 69-93. "It was quite an improvement from last year.