17 May 2013

Girls Lacrosse: Another one-goal win

Rachael Welzin 32 goals, 8 assists for the season (photo by Jim Lindquist)
In losing six of their first eight games the Tigers couldn't win a close game, dropping a pair of one one-goal contests and losing two more by two goals.

But this week proved to a be a different story with coach Dan Pickens' team claiming back-to-back one-goal decisions, the latest coming in a 9-8 triumph over Owatonna Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

The  Huskies led 5-4 at intermission with the Tigers battling back to take control of play in the second half. Neither team could forge more than a two-gal lead the entire game. 
 "Toward the end I started to get nervous because we have lost a couple of games like this in the past," Pickens said.  "It was nice to get the 'W' in this one." 

Rachael Welzin ran her team-leading goal and assist numbers to 32 and eight respectively with four scores and an assist while Shelby Klotz scored two goals and assisted on another.

"Those two have been consistent and dominant all season long," Pickens said. "They are both in the top 20 in the state in scoring even with a couple of games in hand on some players."

Lindsay Benson scored the game-winning goal (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Brooke Genzler, Lindsay Benson and Delaney Johnson also scored for the winners. Johnson's goal was the first of her junior season. Jessica Herrera and Michaela Tonsager each chipped in with an assist.

Benson's goal late in the contest proved to be the game-winner.

Maddie Kohlbeck faced 20 shots and stopped 12 to record her fourth win of the season. The Tigers edged the Huskies in shots on goal by a 21-20 margin.

Farmington will take a 4-6 record into a busy three-game final week of the regular season with games Monday at Rosemount; Tuesday at home versus Rochester Mayo and Thursday at Hill-Murray.

Section 1 post-season play begins the following week.

"There's a good chance we could see Owatonna again in the playoffs," Pickens said. "Hopefully with this win we would play them at home."