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Wingers can't find rhythm in loss

The Red Wing boys soccer team struggled to find any rhythm against Farmington Thursday in a 4-1 loss in Red Wing.

The Tigers struck first on a goal by senior forward Brandon Scott near the 11-minute mark. The Wingers (2-3-1, 0-1 Missota) countered with a last-minute goal near halftime to take some momentum away from Farmington, who controlled play most of the half. Sophomore attacker Teagan Olin scored with 12 seconds remaining by outmuscling Farmington defenders and goalie before settling the ball and putting it in the back of the net.

"Teagen's good at settling [the ball]," Red Wing coach Matt Quinn said. "It was a good momentum changer but then we ran out of time in the half."

The Tigers outplayed the Wingers in the first half, garnering seven corner kicks and putting numerous shots on goal. Red Wing was lucky to salvage a 1-1 tie into halftime, Quinn said.

"It took us a long time to get warmed up," Quinn said. "We were watching and reacting to them rather than creating."

Coming out of the break Farmington put on a dazzling array of passing and it was another corner kick that allowed it to take the lead, 2-1. At 29:35, Blake Smith finished off a corner kick for the Tigers on a play that never should have happened, Quinn said.

"They had three guys standing on the goal line and nobody was covering them," Quinn said. "That was a really bad breakdown."

The Tigers scored again with 17 minutes remaining on a miscommunication by the Wingers defense and goalie Andy Tarr.

"Almost an own-goal," Quinn said. "It was a breakdown."

It was one of the few misplays Tarr made all night. He made numerous sprawling saves of sure goals, including two late in the second half to keep Red Wing within striking distance.

"Tarr had some great saves there," Quinn said. "He had two really good ones back there near the end."

Farmington's final goal came with one minute left in regulation after a Red Wing defender slipped and fell, giving Cole Landwehr possession of the ball and a free shot from inside the 18-yard box.

Scott led the Tigers with seven shots on goal while the Wingers were only able to muster five shots as a team.

While it was a frustrating game, Quinn was already looking forward to practice and a tournament this weekend at Lake City.

"I wasn't disappointed in our play," Quinn said. "We just didn't create any shots. But I've got to give credit to them, they're playing well. They move the ball quickly."

Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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