Tigers boys soccer team extends unbeaten streak

Farmington drubs Red Wing 6-1

Red Wing used a risky defensive strategy in its boys soccer game Tuesday against Farmington. Sometimes the Wingers gambled and won, but several times the risk did not pay off.

“Red Wing played an offsides trap fairly effectively. We ended up recording 14 offsides calls,” said Farmington coach Julian Buss, whose team defeated the Wingers 6-1 in Missota Conference play. “One thing about the offsides trap is if your defenders are constantly moving up trying to trap the forwards, if you don’t get the call and ball goes through, it is a race to the goal. We capitalized on a number of fast-break situations where the (offsides) flag didn’t go up.”

Jake Spindler and Blake Smith scored two goals each for the Tigers, who improved to 6-2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Missota. Farmington has a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1).

Robin DeCastro and Rafael Romero also scored for the Tigers, who were missing one of their top offensive players, Jared Wolt, who was out because of an injury. Smith, Spindler, Caleb Gochenour, Ben Sorenson and Matt DuBois had assists for Farmington.

Red Wing’s goal came on a penalty kick with 11:10 remaining in the first half. That cut Farmington’s lead to 2-1, but the Tigers added a goal with 5:09 left before halftime and three more in the second half.

Farmington played at New Prague on Thursday and will go to Chaska for a Missota Conference game at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Tigers notes

• The girls swimming team won its second invitational meet in as many weeks Saturday when it took first at the Bloomington Kennedy Eagle Invite by more than 200 points.

One week earlier, Farmington won its division at the Maroon and Gold Invitational. The Tigers also won the Missota Conference Relays in August.

Individual winners for Farmington on Saturday included Cora Ruzicka (200-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle), Kaitlyn O’Reilly (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) and Kirsten Kracke (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle). Farmington also took first in the 2009 freestyle relay with Kracke, Ellie Sundet, Chelsea Gehrke and O’Reilly.

O’Reilly’s time of 2 minutes, 15.73 seconds in the 200 IM set a meet record. But that’s not her fastest time in the event; she set a school record of 2:10.07 in a Missota Conference meet against Northfield.

• The girls soccer team got another look at the competition it will face next year in the South Suburban Conference. The Tigers lost 5-0 on Monday at Eagan, one of the SSC’s top teams. It was Farmington’s second game against a South Suburban team this season. The Tigers tied Lakeville South 0-0 in August.