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Rosemount junior defender Brenna Sullivan kicks the ball away from an incoming Eagan player during the first half of last Tuesday’s 2-2 overtime tie at Irish Stadium.

Girls soccer: Tougher sledding in the SSC

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Life has gotten tougher for the Rosemount girls soccer team since the South Suburban Conference season began.

The Irish were riding a five-game winning streak to start the season when they were shut out 3-0 by a strong Prior Lake team in their first league contest on Sept. 3. Last week they played pretty well according to coach Kevin Adams, but could only come away from a pair of South Suburban home games with a 2-1 loss and a 2-2 tie.

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The first game was a loss to Bloomington Jefferson last Monday where Rosemount couldn't capitalize on a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal. Cori Seehussen scored the lone goal on a pass from Kaitlin DeBaun midway through the second half, but the Irish couldn't get the equalizer.

"We controlled the game, but were not able to capitalize on numerous opportunities and Jefferson made us pay for the couple of mistakes we did make," Adams said. "The effort was there which is always what you like to see as a coach. You get those games from time to time where you dominate but do not get the result you expect. We moved the ball well but struggled to finish."

The Irish (5-2-1) got out to a fast start last Thursday against Eagan. DeBaun found the net on a pass from Marisa Knott in the second minute, but Eagan answered with a goal of its own just a minute later. The score stayed 1-1 until DeBaun scored her second goal on a pass from Anna Grausnick four minutes into the second half.

The Wildcats tied the game again at the 26-minute mark and neither team could score a game-winner in overtime.

"The rivalry with Eagan already has emotion and motivation built in," Adams said. "It was a very exciting game with chances on both sides."

The Irish traveled to Lakeville South on Tuesday and are back at Irish Stadium tonight against Bloomington Kennedy.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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