05 September 2012

Boys Soccer: Three straight

Robin DeCastro scored winning goal (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Robin DeCastro scored the game-winner with a header off a direct kick from Eric Stoeckman with 10:47 left in regulation as the Tigers stretched their winning streak to three games with a 1-0 shutout of Rochester Century Tuesday night in Rochester.

The win gives Farmington an overall record of 3-2 after back-to-back, season-opening losses to Rosemount and Lakeville North.

DeCastro's goal came as a result of a strategic move instituted by coach Julian Buss late in the second half.

"With 15 minutes left I decided to gamble and move Robin from stopper to forward to see if he could generate any offense for us," Buss said.

"Robin has quite an unusual instinct for the goal and a powerful shot. He is also outstanding at heading the ball."

Buss also applauded the offensive play of Kaid Nokes, Hunter Meyers, Blake Smith and Leslie Adjei, all of whom had quality scoring chances for the winners.

Eric Stoeckman assisted on game-winner (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Keeper Sam Peterson rejected 11 Century shots in posting the first shutout of his varsity career.

The pesky Tiger defense has now allowed just two scores in the last three games.

"This was a big section win for us," Buss said, "especially because it was such a long day with a seven o'clock game on the first day back from Labor Day vacation."

Farmington will go after its fourth consecutive win Thursday when it opens it Missota Conference campaign at Chanhassen.