25 August 2013

Boys Soccer: North nips Tigers in OT

Senior midfielder Blake Smith (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Lakeville North's Toby Khounviseth scored on a direct kick two minutes into the first of two overtime periods to give the Panthers a 1-0 non-conference victory over the Tigers Saturday afternoon in Lakeville.

The loss marked the second time in three days Farmington worked overtime and failed to register a goal. The Tigers played to a 0-0 tie with Rosemount in their home opener Thursday afternoon.

"We played a great game against a tough section 1AA opponent," Farmington coach Jason Buss said. "It was a difficult the first half moving into a 20 mph wind in hot weather. We did well to keep it scoreless. 

"I would say we dominated play in the second half.  It was a physical game with several caution cards issued for both teams...Excellent play by all today. We have a strong team with a depth and versatility I don’t think Farmington has seen before."

Tiger goalie Jake Agnew turned in another solid performance in net, finishing with eight saves and barely missing a ninth on the game-winner.

"Jake got his hand on it," Buss said, "but not quite enough to bring it down. It got the upper left corner of the net. It was a well-placed shot."

Buss singled out the play of veterans Blake Smith, Jared Wolt and Eric Stoeckman who helped hold the potent offense of North to a single score.

Buss also praised the play of sweeper Matt Dubois.

"Matt is physical, intense and highly skilled in the position, making him a welcome addition to the 2013 team," he said.  

The Tigers will be hoping to get their offense in high gear on Tuesday when they travel to Lakeville South for another match-up against a Section 1AA opponent.