Rosemount made its final South Suburban Conference game against ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Bloomington Jefferson a memorable one Monday night at Irish Stadium.
The Irish got a goal from Kohl Sparrman (assist from Andrew Weiler) and made it stand in their first win over Jefferson in at least five years. The Jaguars, coming off a 16-5 season and a second-place finish in the SSC, will depart for the new Metro West Conference beginning next fall.
“This was a huge win for us. We finally played like the team I know we have,” Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said. “The players were unselfish and we played as a unit.”
The 1-0 final doesn’t do justice to just how well the Irish played, according to Floersch. The team had one goal called off and produced scoring chances throughout the game.
“I was sitting on the bench watching the game and kept finding myself saying ‘that was a beautiful play’ and ‘this is really fun to watch’ because they were making things happen and making the runs we have been trying to coach,” he said. “That was one of the best games I have seen in a while and certainly the best they have played so far this year.”
Goalkeeper Tanner Rons and the Irish defense combined for its fourth shutout in seven games.
Two days earlier, the Irish let an early 2-0 lead slip away in a 3-3 tie with Rochester Century at Irish Stadium.
The Panthers tied the game less than a minute after halftime, and just a few minutes later moved ahead 3-2. The Irish finally tied the score back up in the closing minutes before the teams played through a scoreless overtime.
“We stopped playing like a team and that allowed Rochester to get back in the game,” Floersch said. “This was a team we could have beaten, but we didn’t play like a team and it cost us a win.”
Sparrman, Weiler and Michael Anderson each scored goals for the Irish.
Weiler also scored the game’s lone goal on a pass from Erick Barrita in Rosemount’s 1-0 shutout of Rochester Mayo last Thursday.
The Irish (3-2-2) play their fourth straight home game tonight against Eagan. The Wildcats have a record of 3-1-1.