Girls Soccer: Rosemount wins three in a row
The final scores have been a bit streaky for the Rosemount girls soccer team, but Irish coach Kevin Adams has rarely seen any inconsistencies in his team's effort this season.
Rosemount won its first two games of the season before finishing in a tie and then losing two straight games. This past week has consisted of a high cycle on the rollercoaster.
The Irish (5-3-1, 2-1 Lake) have now won three games in a row.
The recent run has pleased Rosemount, as it's managed to control the things within its power.
"We are very, very pleased," Adams said. "The girls are obviously taking care of the games they've got to take care of. We are playing decent. We've had some slow starts, but we are getting going after it. They are playing a very possession-centered, up-tempo game and we are getting contributions from a lot of players.
"That is the real plus. We've had more players involved in the offense and become less predictable. Teams can't really center on one player because we have a lot of players getting things done."
The Irish beat Lakeville North 2-0 in overtime last week. On Monday they beat Minneapolis Southwest, 3-0, and added they a 6-0 win against Chanhassen on Tuesday.
That is three straight wins, with good offensive performances, but Adams was equally impressed with the three straight shutouts.
"We are holding teams down in shots the last three games," Adams said. "I'm very, very pleased with our defense. It's been a good three game stretch for us."
Goaltender Katie Berkopec has been in for all three shutouts recently.
Berkopec received plenty of offensive support on Tuesday.
Shade Pratt scored two goals. MacKenzie Carlson, Hannah Mason, Brooke Stevens, and Sarah Scinto each scored once.
"The key last night was our intensity and we played up tempo," Adams said. "It's really about finishing, finishing, finishing. We had plenty of opportunities with 30 shots. Finishing continues to be the key. When we get opportunities we need to finish them."
When the Irish have trouble finishing off scoring opportunities, they can rely on their defense.
In the victory against Minneapolis Southwest, Berkopec had her fourth shutout. She now has five on the season.
Rosemount outshot Minneapolis South, 18-5. Pratt, Mason and Grace Raatz scored. Shannon Carroll had an assist in the game.
"We dominated the first half, but could not finish," Adams said. "After a 0-0 halftime, we solved our scoring woes and found the back of the net. Our defense continues to be very strong and our possession, up-tempo offense seems to fit this team."
The Irish went to overtime scoreless against Lakeville North last week. Berkopec made a key save with just under 30 seconds left in regulation to keep the score even.
Sarah Scinto scored both goals in the extra period, with Micaella Petrich and Pratt earning saves.