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Late goal lifts Farmington past Red Wing girls

A late-game goal from Farmington left the Red Wing girls soccer team feeling deflated after it gave up a first half lead.

The game-winning goal for the Tigers came with just under three minutes remaining on a fortuitous bounce to the foot of Kelly Kornmann who took a wide-open shot from the middle of the 18-yard box past Furlong and into the lower right corner of the net.

"We had one of our defenders come off who wasn't feeling well," Beckman said. "I made the choice, thinking more about the player than the win, to hold her off and I don't think we had that little extra kick to stop that last goal."

"Unlucky goal," Red Wing sophomore defender Maddie Erie said. "Really nothing to say about it."

The Wingers (1-5, 0-1 Missota) controlled possession throughout the first half of play and took a 1-0 lead into halftime after a Christi Perkinson goal.

"Before we got out on the field, I told them we're going to have to start going hard to the ball," Red Wing coach Dustin Beckman said. "Every time the other team touches the ball, we need somebody there. They really took that to heart. We challenged every 50-50 ball and that ended up leading to our goal."

Coming out of the break, the two teams exchanged scoring chances but the Tigers scored first in the second half on a goal by Miranda Larson at 26 minutes.

Red Wing goalie Sierra Furlong made a number of nice saves in the game and the score could have been a lot worse without her aggressive play in net.

"Our goalie did a phenomenal job scooping everything up," Beckman said. "She saved us on a few occasions."

Red Wing took a hit in the second half when senior defender Maddie Olin left the game because she wasn't feeling well. Without an extra body, the defense appeared to run out of gas down the stretch. Farmington dominated possession and put the Wingers on their heels for the final 30 minutes.

The Wingers were unable to push past the Farmington defense in the last three minutes but Beckman was proud of his team's performance against a larger, Class 2A school.

"We played great together as a team," Erie said. "We came together really well tonight and we had really good passing. Communication was key."

Red Wing is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to take on Holy Angels.

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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