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 Farmington boys soccer team never lost when it scored a goal this season. The Tigers finished the regular season 8-7-1 and were shut out in all seven of their losses, including two last week that ended hopes of a first-ever Missota Conference championship and left them third in the eight-team league for the second straight year. Fifth-ranked Holy Angels came to Tiger Stadium for a matchup of conference unbeatens last Tuesday and left with a 7-0 victory that all but locked up its second straight league title.
Six turnovers and a slew of costly penalties dropped fourth-ranked (Class 5A) Farmington from the ranks of the unbeaten at chilly Chanhassen Friday night. It also set up a three-horse race for the Missota Conference championship. Chanhassen took advantage of the Tigers' numerous mistakes to pull away, 28-3, for the first homecoming victory in the four-year history of the school.
Both the Farmington boys and girls cross country teams came away from Saturday's long trek north to Duluth with 10th-place finishes. The Tiger boys placed 10th out of 29 teams with 303 points, while the girls were 10th out of 24 teams with 261 points at the Swain Invitational. Sophomore Justin Hyytinen continued his standout sophomore campaign with a fourth-place finish out of a field of 188 runners at Enger Park.
The Farmington volleyball team went 3-2 Saturday in placing sixth out of 12 teams at the Cannon Falls Invitational. The Tigers now have a record of 12-13 heading into their final two games this week against Holy Angels and Shakopee. Won vs. Ellsworth (Wisc.) 25-12, 27-25 Kills:?Emily Nelson, 8 Digs:?Fahning, 10 Assists:?Mia Johnston, 9 Blocks: K. Seurer, 2 Won vs. Rochester Lourdes, 25-12, 25-16 Kills: Seurer, 6 Digs: M. Hesse, 10 Assists: Comes, 3 Blocks: Seurer, 6 Lost vs. Waterville-M-E 23-25, 14-25 Kills: Fahning, 5 Digs: Fahning, 9 Assists: R.
The final week of the regular season brought out a rollercoaster of emotions for the Farmington girls soccer team. Last Tuesday the Tigers embraced and cheered as they walked off their home field with a 1-0 victory over seventh-ranked (Class 1A) Holy Angels that assured the team of a share of its first-ever Missota Conference crown.
The Farmington girls tennis team earned the No. 7 seed in Section 1AA and was quickly sent packing 7-0 by No. 2 seed Rochester Century in the opening round last Tuesday in Rochester. The fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Panthers advanced to face No. 1 seed Lakeville North in the semifinals by defeating Northfield in the second round last Thursday. The Tigers' best showings came at No. 2 singles and No.
The fourth-ranked Farmington football team was handed its first loss of the season 28-3 Friday night at Chanhassen. The Tigers are back at home next Friday against Holy Angels.
The Farmington football team jumped from sixth to fourth in the latest Class 5A poll after defeating Chaska 27-23 last Friday. The Tigers are one of six remaining undefeated Class 5A teams, along with No. 1 Totino-Grace, No. 2 Spring Lake Park, No. 3 Owatonna, No. 6 Moorhead and No. 9 St. Paul Central. 1 (1) Totino-Grace (5-0) 2 (4) Spring Lake Park (5-0) 3 (5) Owatonna (5-0) 4 (6) Farmington (5-0) 5 (2) St. Thomas Academy (4-1) 6 (7) Moorhead (5-0) 7 (NR) Rochester John Marshall (4-1) 8 (9) Apple Valley (4-1) 9 (NR) St. Paul Central (5-0) 10 (3) Mankato West (4-1)
The Farmington girls tennis team wrapped up its turn-around season with a pair of closely-contested conference losses last week. The Tigers fell 4-3 to Holy Angels in their home finale last Tuesday at Boeckman Middle School and lost 5-2 to Shakopee Thursday to finish with a 1-6 record in the Missota. Ryan Jara and Molly Rudorfer picked up singles wins against Holy Angels and Beth Fairchild and Jess Novotny teamed up for a win at No. 2 doubles. Jara closed out the season with the team's lone victory against Shakopee, raising her record to 11-6.
A pair of 1-0 finals last week boosted the Farmington boys soccer team's hopes for a Missota Conference championship and lowered its chances at home-field advantage in the upcoming Section 1AA playoffs. The Tigers improved to 4-0-1 in the conference by scoring a goal in the closing minutes to sneak past Chaska last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium. The win kept them 1/2 game behind unbeaten and sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Holy Angels heading into Tuesday's showdown with the Stars at Tiger Stadium.