Boys soccer: 4-11-1 season earns date with Park
For a team struggling to score goals this season, the Rosemount boys soccer team learned exactly what is meant by "taking them any way they can get them."
Playing at Eastview last week, the Irish were being shut out and had scored once in their past three games. Then, for one of the few times this season, Rosemount got the lucky bounce.
Schyler Storer was credited with a goal after making a centering attempt that deflected off a Lightning player into the goal.
"Schyler went to cross it and it hit off one of their guys by accident," Irish coach Mike Floersch said. "We scored. It is what it is. That's why I say, 'Shoot it hard. Shoot it low. Shoot it often." You see what happens sometimes, it bounces off guys."
The goal was the lone strike in a 4-1 loss to Eastview, two days after a 2-0 loss at home against Bloomington Kennedy.
The effort against Kennedy, while scoreless, encouraged Floersch.
"Kennedy was a pretty good game," Floersch said. "They were taking some shots, but we held them to one until the end of the game. We pushed up a defender to try and get a point. That was the risk we took. They got a breakaway and scored late. Whether you lose 1-0 or 2-0, either way it's a loss. We were trying to see if we could tie it."
Rosemount finished the regular season with a 4-11-1 overall record and finished at the bottom of the South Suburban Conference with a 1-8 conference mark.
The result was the No. 6 seed in the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament. The Irish drew No. 3 seed Park in the opening round of the tournament this week. Results were not available at press time. Go to www.rosemounttownpages.com for the final result.
Wins against Hastings and Henry Sibley earlier in the year paid off, as Henry Sibley was the seventh seed and Hastings drew the eighth seed.
Of course, the Irish have seen this week's competitor before, too.
Rosemount lost 6-1 at home to Park in the first game of the season.
"Going back and watching video, we have improved since that first game," Floersch said. "We were caught off guard in the first game. We had a whole new defense. We kept putting the ball in the middle of the field. Hopefully, they will be ready for this one. You hope to get a goal off a throw-in or something.
"They've got a couple guys up front that are very quick and we'll mark them as best we can. We'll try and hold them as long as we can and see if we can get them into panic mode."