07 September 2012

Girls Soccer: Encore Perfromance

Kelli Elmer scored another game-winner (file photo by Jim Lindquist)
For the second time in three days the Tigers posted a 1-0 win with Kelli Elmer providing the game's only goal and keeper Ashley Becker and a physical defense keeping the opposition off the board.

The victory in the Missota Conference opener at Chanhassen marked the third straight whitewash for coach Rob Carpentier's team and lifted its season record to an impressive 5-1-1.

"We were very physical and focused," Carpentier said. "I am a perfectionist and was looking for more consistency, but several people I trust that were at the game said for the most part we were better in all facets of the game."

In a carbon copy of Tuesday night's 1-0 victory over Rochester Century, Elmer scored the game-winner on a first half assist from Kali Allard.

The visitors finished with a clear advantage in offensive chances, out-shooting one of the conference pre-season favorites by a decisive 17-6 margin. Ten of the Farmington shots were on frame to only two for the Storm.

Keeper Ashley Becker (photo by Jim Lindquist)
According to Carpentier, Becker had to make only one "nice" save as the Tigers dominated time of possession.

"The defense was great and Kelli (Elmer) and the forwards were a handful," he said.

The shutout was Becker's third of the 2012 season. Through eight games, the sophomore stopper has allowed just nine goals (0.89 per game average),  five of them coming in one game.

Although she didn't fill up the stat sheet, Carpentier also sang the praises of defender Izzie Ferm.

"She's been lights out," he said. "She'sthe best player I've seen this year. She shut down another quality forward again tonight."

The Tigers face their stiffest test of the season Saturday afternoon when they take on section rival Lakeville North in Lakeville. The Panthers are unbeaten in six games with five of the wins coming via shutout.

"It's a win-win for us," Carpentier said. " I told the girls that in order to go to state, we'll have to face North a second time regardless of seeding and the second meeting will be much more important than the first."