Girls soccer: Early questions becoming answers
In year two under coach Kevin Adams, one of the biggest questions entering the Rosemount girls soccer team's season was whether the Irish would be able to put enough goals on the scoreboard to accompany a solid defense.
While there has been a bit of inconsistency, the question is being answered. Rosemount has been finding some scoring.
Now it has to come every game.
"It's really encouraging," Adams said. "Our three wins already eclipse what we had all of last season. It's a good start. It helps build confidence. We have to remember we need to take it one step at a time.
"But the mood is extremely upbeat. They are starting to see all their work come to fruition."
The season opened with a 1-1 tie at Rochester John Marshall. The Irish then found the back of the net in a big way in a 5-1 victory at Duluth Central.
Following a 2-0 loss at Shakopee, Rosemount earned a 1-0 win against Owatonna in the home opener.
The Irish (3-2-1) then lost 2-1 at home against Blaine.
On Tuesday, Rosemount took a 2-1 win at Hastings.
"When I came in last year we had a vision and the girls are embracing that vision, and they are starting to see the fruits of their labor," Adams said. "We have been a little inconsistent. We need to find that consistency. But they have some good confidence now, and they are starting to believe."
Rosemount earned a tie against John Marshall after Shade Pratt found Sarah Scinto for a goal.
"We basically controlled play a lot," Adams said. "We outshot them, we just couldn't finish."
Against Duluth Central, the scoring wasn't a problem.
Pratt, Amanda Newman, Ashley Wettstein, Caitlin Daly and Scinto found the back of the net. Assists went to Pratt, Wettstein, Micaella Petrich, Daley and Scinto.
Following a shutout at Shakopee, Rosemount came back to post a shutout of its own.
Goaltender Katie Berkopec earned her first shutout of the season. Pratt gave Berkopec the victory after finishing off a pass from Wettstein.
"We looked tired against Shakopee," Adams said. "But we rebounded against Owatonna. They beat us 7-6 last year, so winning 1-0 this year feels good."
Scinto scored the lone goal against Blaine.
On Tuesday at Hastings, the Irish received goals from Hannah Mason and Wettstein.
Answers to the early season question about scoring have come from a group of players.
Pratt and Scinto each have two goals and two assists this season. Wettstein has added two goals and an assist.
Giving up a total of seven goals in the six games, the defense and Berkopec have provided a solid backbone. MacKenzie Carlson, Petrich, and Kali DeBaun have been a part of the defensive effort.
When the wins total from last season is surpassed after just six games, it means a few things have fallen into place.