Tigers fall to No. 2 Eden Prairie 6-2
By Pat Rupp
Farmington scored in the game’s first minute against unbeaten and second-ranked Eden Prairie (4-0) Thursday night but in the end the Eagles had too much firepower in a 6-2 non-conference loss at Schmitz-Maki Arena.
The loss was the first of the season for the young Tigers who posted wins over Rochester Mayo and Prior Lake in their first two contests.
“Tonight was a very big indicator of our ability and of our growth potential this season,” Farmington coach Jon Holmes said.
Maddi Oines got Farmington off to a fast start with the game’s first score on assists from Michaela Tonsager and Ellie Moser.
The goal got Eden Prairie’s attention and the visitors responded with two scores of their own in the period to build a 2-1 lead headed to the first break.
The winners stretched their lead to 3-1 with the only goal of the second period before Moser scored unassisted to make it a one-goal deficit with 13 minutes to play in regulation.
That’s as close as the home team would get as the Lake Conference power tallied three goals over the game’s final 10 minutes to pull away.
“We really stressed that the best chance we had to win the game was to keep them at three goals,” Holmes said.” But once we scored that second goal you could just see and feel the energy and that energy is great but it needed to be focused back into the plan.
“Unfortunately that energy was our downfall because it transferred into a little too much confidence…Each and every one of Eden Prairie’s players have the ability to capitalize on mistakes and they did once we got too aggressive. A couple breakaway passes gave them a three-goal lead.”
The Eagles finished the night with a decisive 33-22 shots on goal advantage, including a 16-9 edge over the final 17 minutes.
Emily Auge went the distance in the Tiger nets and finished the night with 23 saves.
“Emily gave us an opportunity to win by keeping us within striking distance for two and a half periods,” Holmes said.
“The very big positive to take from this game was our ability to play and even outplay at times a very good team…It is OK to be disappointed but we also need to understand that if we are already able to compete at that level we can continue to close that gap faster with continued focus on our team values of devotion, discipline and mental toughness.”
Farmington returns to South Suburban Conference play next Tuesday with a road game against Eastview at the Apple Valley Community Center.