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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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.
The Farmington boys cross country team finished 13th Friday in its first appearance at the Faribault Invitational, but the Tigers' spread between their first and fifth runners was the best in the 17-team field. Just 18 seconds separated team leader Adam Wallenta and No. 5 runner Dan Block over the flat 5,000-meter race. Wallenta placed 72nd out of 118 runners in 18:31 and Block came in 85th in 18:49. "I thought the meet went really well," first-year head coach Lisa Lippold said. "Last week they had three intense workouts and still did a great job working through this meet.
After blowing a 2-0 lead in a five-set loss to Red Wing in Thursday night's Missota Conference opener, the Farmington volleyball team needed something good to happen. The Tigers got that at Saturday's Coon Rapids Tournament. Coach Mike Woody's squad pulled off three-set victories over Big Lake and Benilde-St. Margaret's and were competitive in losses to Orono and Fridley en route to a 7th-place finish. "Saturday went very well," Woody said. "We pulled out a tough three-game match against Big Lake to start, which was big after the Thursday night debacle....
Farmington girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier is hoping Monday's 1-0 victory over Park in Cottage Grove will provide a spark for the Tigers as they head into the thick of their Missota Conference schedule. Coming off back-to-back losses to Hastings and Northfield last week, the Tigers overcame some missed opportunities and injuries to defeat a Park team that entered play with a record of 6-1 and had allowed just two goals in those seven games. "We finally played with sustained effort and it paid off," Carpentier said. "This was a potentially big win for us.
Chanhassen won four of the final five events to separate from Farmington in an eventual 98-88 Missota Conference dual meet loss Thursday night at Dodge Middle School. The score was tied at 0-0, 31-31, 39-39 and 55-55 before the visitors used a victory in the 500 freestyle to move ahead by two points.