27 August 2012

Boys Soccer: Scoring Drought

Sam Peterson makes a first-half save (photo by Jim Lindquist)
For the second straight game the Tigers put forth a solid effort against a quality opponent only to come out on the short end of a 2-0 final score.

Lakeville North scored a goal in each half while the Farmington offense saw its scoreless minutes streak reach 160 Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.

"We played very well," Farmington coach Julian Buss said. "It was a fun game to watch. North is a good team and they did a good job of finishing."

North seemed to get the better of the play early but the Tigers had most of the possession time later in the opening half. North scored the lone goal of the half on a rebound shot from point-blank range with 7:15 to play.

The Tigers had several scoring chances early in the second half but could not close the deal. The winners added an insurance score midway through the half on a shot that just eluded keeper Isaac Toenjes' reach.

Blake Smith makes a heady play (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Buss said despite his team's scoring drought and back-to-back 2-0 losses to South Suburban Conference teams, he is encouraged by its effort.

"We controlled the ball longer in this game and won the ball out of the air more often," he said. "We had good communication and played both fast and aggressively.

"The things we have to work on is playing a full 80 minutes of defense and change our attitude about scoring. I don't think we are attacking the net like we can."

Buss lauded the midfield play of Jared Wolt. Robin DeCastro and Blake Smith and offered that Urive Omana had a strong game at the forward position.

The Tigers get another shot at a South Suburban Conference team Tuesday when they host Lakeville South at Tiger Stadium. Thursday the homestand continues with a non-conference contest with Rochester John Marshall.