09 May 2012

Boys Lacrosse: Late Berg goal, defense spark Tigers 6-5 in win over Owatonna

Brendon Berg scored the game-winner with under a minute to play (photo by Jim Lindquist_
Brendon Berg's third goal of the night with less than a minute to play provided the difference in an exciting 6-5 win over Owatonna Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium.

The victory in a hard-fought, defensive battle halted a two-game losing streak and raised Farmington's season record to 6-3.

Tiger coach Paul Sorensen said his team struggled with mistakes and untimely penalties but that in the end, defense provided the impetus for the win.

"It was a nitty-gritty win," Sorensen said, " That's all I can say about it.... We continue to get strong play from our defense as a whole and we are learning how to win close games, but it's time for us to tap into our talents and learn to separate ourselves from opponents."

The Huskies led 4-3 in the second half before the Tigers rallied to take a 5-4 lead and set up a furious finish..

Owatonna knotted the score with just over two minutes to play and then won the face-off. The Farmington defense held and the Tigers called time out with 1:11 to go.

Twenty seconds later Berg found the net with a bounce shot from close range to complete his hat trick and send the Farmington faithful home with smiles on their faces.

Trevor Howard netted a pair of goals and Matt Ackerman had one for the winners.

Sorensen also praised the play of Alex Aubrecht who came up with seven ground balls and Jake Bauman who won 10 of 14 face-offs.

The Tigers won't have much tie to savor their win as Wednesday they pile on the bus and head to Rochester to take on John Marshall.

"They have the No. 2 scorer in the state," Sorensen said.