Boys soccer: Irish snap losing skid
A couple of three-game streaks were running parallel for the Rosemount boys soccer team heading into last Thursday's home game against Lakeville South - a three-game scoreless streak and a three-game winless streak.
Both of those streaks came to a halt as the Irish needed just one goal to score a 1-0 shutout over their South Suburban Conference rivals at Irish Stadium.
"(Lakeville South) was a physical team, but the Rosemount High School boys came out ready to play and they fought hard for every ball," said coach Mike Floersch, whose team improved to 3-7-1 with their first league win of the season. "The players off the bench came in and played well, which made a difference."
The Irish went in with a goal of putting more shots on goal than they have been, but they managed just three in a scoreless first half. The Irish reached their target number of eight shots on goal in the second half and one finally went in when Bennett Purfeerst made a run down the outside and crossed the ball to Biruk Tefera, who put it in the back of the net.
"We hadn't scored in almost four games, so everyone was pumped," Floersh said.
Senior Zach Traeger started in goal and picked up the team's second shutout victory - and third shutout overall - of the season.
The Irish were locked in another scoreless tie at halftime of last Tuesday's game at windy Prior Lake, but the Lakers deposited two second-half goals in a 2-0 shutout.
Floersch said his team played well most of the game, but passed on some shots it should have taken.
"The last 15 minutes we started putting on the pressure, but we couldn't put the ball in the back of the The Irish were blanked for the seventh time in 11 games this season. They've scored just four goals since putting up six in a season-opening win over First Baptist.
The Irish traveled to Richfield and Bloomington Kennedy earlier this week. They are back in action next Tuesday when they host top-ranked (Class 2A) Eastview at Irish Stadium.