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Girls Soccer: Wingers can't slow down Farmington

Red Wing defender Cheyanne Thurston (16) punts the ball downfield out of the team's zone during Tuesday's Missota Conference match against Farmington. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Even the wet and windy conditions couldn’t slow down Farmington on Tuesday.

Playing in a Missota Conference match, the Tigers went up 4-0 in the first half and didn’t relent, coming away with a 7-0 road victory Tuesday against Red Wing.

“They’re a good team,” Wingers’ co-head coach David Thurston said afterwards. “They got a lot of numbers and they’re a very talented group.”

And it didn’t take the defending conference champions long to tack on the goals. In the fourth minute of play, the Tigers’ Destiny Schmitz struck the ball high towards the goal. Red Wing goalkeeper Paige Harlow got a hand on it but could not slow the ball down enough as Farmington took a 1-0 lead.

It would not be the last time Schmitz got on the scoreboard as the Tigers’ striker had a hat trick by the end of the first half. In the 33rd minute, Sarah Zak tacked on a goal, converting the score on a corner kick.

So once the teams went into halftime, the No. 1 priority for Red Wing was to stop the corner kicks.

“We adjusted; we had to try and get away from kicking to the back lines,” Thurston said. “Because of the rain, it was tough dribbling the ball, so we had to go to one or two touches and pass.”

The Tigers tacked on two more goals in the first ten minutes of the first half. Then injuries hurt matters for the Wingers as Harlow was taken out of the game with 20 minutes to go after taking an inadvertent kick in the head, according to Thurston.

Facing a six-goal deficit and with their starting netminder out, Red Wing played all out over the final quarter of the game, hoping to leave the field with something positive.

“At that point, the girls said, ‘Let’s have fun with this and try some other things,’” Thurston said. “We got three or four shots on net after that. … We were very proud that they kept their heads up and didn’t sink down like earlier in the season.”

Still looking for their first win, Red Wing (0-5-2, 0-2 Missota)  plays host to Chaska on Thursday. 

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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