20 August 2013

Girls Soccer: New coach; same goal

All-stater Isabelle Ferm moves the ball upfield during a pre-season scrimmage
First year coach Tracie Randall takes the reins of the Tiger program this fall and she expects no drop off from last year when Farmington set a school record for wins (12) while advancing to the finals of the Section 1AA tournament.

"We definitely have another shot at the section championship," Randall said, "with our goal to advance to the state tournament."

The Tigers return two players who won state-wide recognition last fall: midfielder Isabelle Ferm who made the first all-state squad and goalkeeper Ashley Becker who received honorable mention.

Ferm and  Becker lead a a long list of veteran players returning from last year's section runner-ups, including seniors Kelli Elmer, Kelly Kornmann, Kayla Kucala, Hannah Miller, Kenya Macias and Marissa Muelken and juniors Kali Allard, Destiny Schmitz, Nicole Doran. Megan Graham and Sarah Zak.

Ferm,, Becker and Kucala were all-Missota Conference selections in 2012 while Miller received all-league honorable mention.

Three ninth-graders-Lea Kiage, Shannon McKnight and Morgan Reigner- along with senior newcomer Kaitlin LaCroix also figure to battle for varsity playing time this fall.
Randall said defense and goaltending (Becker posted 10 shutouts last year) should be two of her team's strongest assets.

"Hopefully we won't see much scoring in our end of the field," she said. "That plus we are strong in the middle and have powerful attackers in front...We are very team-oriented and our chemistry is unbreakable."
Ashley Becker 10 shutouts in 2012 (photo by J. Lindquist)
The first-year coach said that in the early going she expects her team to take some time to adjust to its new 4-3-3 offense and for younger players to get used to playing on the synthetic turf of Tiger Stadium.

Randall predicted Northfield could supply a stiff challenge in her team's run for Missota Conference honors with defending champion Lakeville North and Owatonna the primary obstacles to a first-ever trip to state.

Linda Crawford returns as B-squad coach with two new faces filling the other two high school assistant positions: Jennifer Gerwin (JV) and Kim Hall (ninth grade). Tiger baseball coach Jon Graff will coach the middle school team.

The Tigers kick off their 2013 season this Friday and Saturday with an appearance in the four-team Prior Lake Invitational tournament.