|Sydney Eckert 1st goal of the season vs. Byron (file photo by Jim Lindquist)|
"We had a great possession game against Byron," Tiger coach Rob Carpentirer said, "although the inexperience of our forwards showed a little.
"Against Prior Lake we took a huge huge step up in competition. They were outstanding with their passing and we had trouble marking their runners."
Destiny Schmitz notched a pair of goals for the Tigers in the win over Byron with Sydney Eckert, Leah Zak and Kenya Macias also finding the net .Zak's score was the first of her varsity career.
Hannah Miller chimed in with a pair of assists and Eckert, Kaylie Sorensen and Izzie Ferm added one apiece.
|Hannah Miller 2 assists vs. Byron (file photo by Jim Lindquist)|
Those shot numbers took a U-turn in the championship game with the Lakers finishing with a 17-5 edge.
The Lakers jumped to a 2-0 lead and then after Megan Graham's shot attempt bounced off the crossbar in the second half, the winners responded with three late goals to claim the tournament hardware.
"I honestly don't think we'll face a better team this season,"Carpentier said of the Prior Lake team that outscored the opposition 16-0 in the tournament.
"I know this sounds odd, but our defense played well and Ashley Becker was outstanding in net. They (Prior Lake) were just a handful for us....The good news is that the mistakes we made are all fixable."
The Tigers open their 2012 home season Tuesday night against Lakeville South before getting back on the road Thursday for a non-conference game with Rochester John Marshall.