Girls soccer: Learning from a loss
It's safe to say in the third year with coach Kevin Adams, the Rosemount girls soccer teams is having a breakthrough season.
It was Adams' vison from the beginning. He wanted to start turning things around by the third season.
The past week demonstrated how far the Irish have come. Yet, a 2-1 record during the past week also proves Adams's point that there is still work to be done.
Rosemount beat Chaska, 2-1, last week before losing 1-0 to Bloomington Jefferson.
The Irish came back with a 4-1 win against Lakeville South on Tuesday.
The loss just added another teaching opportunity for Adams.
"That's the way we are looking at it," Adams said. "It's a growth process for the program. We're in our third year and we are now learning how to win games against better teams. We are playing with confidence.
"We're still learning how to beat the better teams, the top echelon teams like Eagan and Eden Prairie. We can play with them. Now we need to learn how to push past them. We're getting close."
The close loss to Jefferson is another example for Adams.
The Jaguars won on a long scoring shot after a free kick from about 40 yards away from the goal.
"Jefferson, it was the same thing," Adams said. "We played right with them. It was one break by them that did it. We didn't make the breaks happen. It's still a learning curve. When you go up against each opponent, it's not the name on the jersey. You show up and play at the highest level you can and the results will ultimately show.
"We are pleased with the progress we are making."
At 9-4-1 overall and 5-3 in the Lake Conference, the Irish have already eclipsed last year's six wins. They currently sit fourth in the ultra-competitive Lake Conference.
They've also won seven of their past nine games.
Against Lakeville South, Rosemount was tied 1-1 with the Cougars at halftime.
The Irish scored twice in the second half to put away the victory.
Shade Pratt scored twice. Ashley Wettstein and Tina McGivern also scored for Rosemount. Pratt, Shannon Carroll, and Jamie Baier registered assists.
"The scoring was spread out, which was good, and we got a nice cushion," Adams said. "That's nice to see. We played with intensity in the second half, really controlled the play."
Pratt and McGivern were also central in the scoring against Chaska.
Pratt had another two-goal game.
McGivern and Abby Shimota each had an assist.
While Katie Berkopec's shutout string ended a week before, she has only surrended three goals in the past three games.
"The Chaska game was a struggle," Adams said. "It might have been just part of a long season and there's a little more fatigue. It was one of the worst games we've played all season. We weren't connecting on passes. We weren't winning balls. We weren't in sync at all."
Adams knows there is more work to be done with the playoffs coming soon.
"The girls are playing well," Adams said. "We've had times where we've had some inconsistency. It kind of goes along with this team. But we are actually playing with more intensity. We are controlling the pace of the game, getting plenty of scoring opportunities and the results are showing."