Girls soccer: Rosemount starts with four wins in four games
The Rosemount girls soccer team opened the season with wins in its first four games.
The final results are perfect. However, Irish coach Kevin Adams knows his team hasn't quite been flawless on the field.
A 1-0 win last week at Shakopee continued an early trend of Rosemount outshooting its opponents, but not capitalizing on enough scoring chances.
"Our challenge will continue to be finishing opportunities as we are finding the net a lot with shots in the first four games of the season, but are not consistently finding the back of the net. We will need players collectively to step up and get it done. We will be stingy on defense this season, so we will not need a lot of offense to win games or be in matches until the end."
Maddie Phillips scored for the Irish in the win against Shakopee.
Rosemount had three games scheduled this week. The Irish host Farmington today and play Hastings at Dakota County Technical College on Saturday.
While the offense has struggled to score goals, the defense has led the way for Rosemount.
The Irish had not allowed a goal through four games this season. New goaltender, sophomore Kate Mallory has earned the shutout each time and been supported by a solid defense.
Adams credited the work of Hannah O'Donnell, Jamie Baier, Shannon Carroll, Becca Newman, Allie Hawkins and Jackie Kemnic after the Shakopee victory. Ashley Wettstein has been solid in the midfield.
Adams was pleased with a better start against Shakopee. Adams felt Rosemount had started slowly in its previous three games.
"The Irish started the game with more intensity and urgency," Adams said.
About 11 minutes into the first half, Phillips controlled a rebound that had deflected past the goal and beat the Shakopee goaltender with a shot to the top corner from about eight yards out on a tough angle from near the endline.
"From there our defense again proved too much as we held Shakopee to three shots," Adams said. "The key to our success will continue to be possession with an eye on the quick strike. We have a lot of talent and are more dangerous when in possession of the ball. We played with more poise and purpose which kept Shakopee off balance."
Rosemount finished with 12 shots on goal.