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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Things looked bleak for the Farmington girls soccer team heading into halftime of Monday's game at Henry Sibley. The Tigers had just played what coach Rob Carpentier called their worst half of soccer in the last two years, and they faced a 2-0 deficit. "We were flat in the first half," Carpentier said. "The kids were frustrated with themselves and each other. We had a nice calm halftime talk about effort and what it means to be mature on the field. We talked about lifting our effort but more importantly lifting each other." The talk worked.
The middle 40 minutes of Monday's non-conference game at Henry Sibley looked like a showdown of two evenly-matched teams. It was the first 20 and last 20 minutes where Henry Sibley dominated. The Warriors, who entered with a record of 2-8-2, scored two goals early in the first half and pulled away with three more goals late in the second half of a 5-0 shutout of Farmington. "To Henry Sibley's credit, they were excellent at taking advantage of direct kicks, placing the ball perfectly in the air just out of the reach of our goalie time and time again," Farmington coach Julian Buss said.
In Farmington's first loss of the season Sept. 2 against Lakeville South, the Tigers hung with the talented Cougars throughout a 25-19 Game 1 loss, then fell well off the pace over the final two games of an eventual sweep. Several matches have followed that formula for the Tigers, who now find themselves at 5-8 after a streak of five straight losses. They lost by scores of 26-24 twice during a loss to Rosemount, dropped a 25-23 Game 1 during a loss to Chanhassen and played close games throughout their three losses at the Farmington Tournament two weekends ago. "We've had that happen a lot.
Points have been hard to come by for the Farmington football team over the last couple of weeks. The Tigers were shut out for the second straight game in Friday night's 34-0 Missota Conference loss at Shakopee. The Sabers took advantage of two short Tiger punts and a fumble to score on their first three possessions and improve their record to 4-0 to stay tied with Northfield atop the league standings. "Against a good football team you can't make those errors. They were better in all phases of the game and we just didn't play well enough," Farmington coach Mark Froehling said.
Three Farmington teams hosted games last night at FHS and all three failed to get in the scoring column. The Tiger volleyball was blanked 25-20, 25-20, 25-12 by non-conference rival Rochester Mayo. Meanwhile, both the boys and girls soccer team were being shut out by Holy Angels. The Tiger girls lost 1-0 and the boys were tripped up, 2-0. The Farmington girls tennis team just missed picking up its first win of the season, dropping a 4-3 decision to Chaska.
Farmington senior Elliot Fenske cut 23 seconds off last year's time and defended his meet title at Tuesday's New Prague Invitational. Fenske, who ran a 17:10 on the course last fall, outclassed the field with a 5,000-meter time of 16:47. His high finish helped the Tigers to a second-place team score of 63 points in the nine-team meet.
The Farmington football team was shut out for the second straight game in Friday night's 34-0 Missota Conference loss at Shakopee. The Sabers, who led 31-0 by halftime, improved their record to 4-0. The Tigers, now 1-3, were shutout for the second straight game after having been held scoreless just twice from 2004 through 2009. Mark Froehling's team will try to get back in the win column next Friday when it hosts a 1-3 Holy Angels team for Homecoming.
The Farmington volleyball team slipped to 5-8 with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-8 loss at fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Shakopee Thursday night in Shakopee. The Tigers compete again Tuesday when they host Rochester Mayo.
Farmington coach Julian Buss made some personnel changes that paid off during last Tuesday's come-from-behind victory over Red Wing. With starting midfielders Christian Thao and Brandon Scott missing due to injuries, Buss moved sweeper Sam Leske up to midfield to try to create some offense.
A 1-3 record at Saturday's Farmington Tournament was far from disappointing for coach Mike Woody. After all, two of his team's losses came at the hands of fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Jordan and eighth-ranked (Class 2A) Delano and a third loss to Osseo came with all-state hitter Katie Habeck sidelined with a back injury.