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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A 13-4 disparity in fouls and a game-tying goal taken off the board had Farmington girls soccer coach Rob Carpentier more than a little frustrated after last Thursday's 1-0 Section 1AA Tournament loss to Northfield. "I think it's a travesty, and this is the first time in my coaching career that I've ever said this, but the official had a huge say in the outcome of the game," Carpentier said.
Sophomore Kaitlyn O'Reilly was part of two meet-record performances, and finished first in all four of her events in leading Farmington to second place in the Section 1AA True Team Meet Saturday at Dodge Middle School. The Tigers scored 596 points, 25 off the pace of meet champion Rochester John Marshall. Owatonna placed third with 425 points and Winona was fourth with 393 points. "The meet was exciting from start to finish,"?Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "John Marshall just had a little more than we did at the end.
The Farmington girls swimming and diving team improved its dual meet record to 6-2 by edging Chaska 92-91 in a Missota Conference clash last Thursday at the Chaska Middle School East pool. Kaitlyn O'Reilly was part of three first-place finishes, starting with a winning time of 2 minutes, 18.76 seconds in the 200 individual medley.
Seniors accounted for eight of the team's goals as Farmington achieved the highest Missota Conference finish in program history with a 10-0 shutout of New Prague on Senior Night last Thursday at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers finished the regular season 8-6-2 overall, including 4-2-1 in the league. Holy Angels won the conference with a perfect 7-0 mark and Northfield placed second, one-half game ahead of Farmington. "It was a good homecoming. We played a good game of possession and passing," Farmington coach Julian Buss said.
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.