The status of the Lake Conference as one of the toughest girls soccer conferences in the state is well known.
This season has offered no change to that perception.
Five teams -- Eden Prairie, Eastview, Bloomington Jefferson, Eagan and Lakeville South -- are all ranked in the top 10 or receiving votes in the latest rankings.
Rosemount girls soccer coach Kevin Adams knows all about the conference.
The Irish haven't won a conference game in two years.
That was then, this is now. Rosemount beat Chaska last week.
"It was nice to see the effort pay off dividends for this team who has not quit all year," Adams said.
The Irish beat Chaska, 4-0. They suffered a 4-0 loss to Jefferson and a 1-0 loss to Burnsville.
Rosemount (5-10-1, 1-8-0 Lake) came back to earn another victory, with a 3-2 win Tuesday against Minneapolis South.
"We forced the pace of the game and used our speed to beat the South defenders," Adams said. "We played better possession and switched fields more effectively. We got behind the ball better tonight and forced mistakes with our ball pressure. The girls continue to give the effort that is paying off with wins."
Shade Pratt scored all three goals for the Irish against South.
Adams also praised the defense, led by Hilary Hawkins, Ashley Wettstein, Micaella Petrich, and Grace Raatz.
But the win against Chaska will be the one the Irish remember.
Rosemount scored three goals in the first eight minutes to take a big lead.
Petrich, Pratt and Sarah Scinto did the scoring.
"A 3-0 lead was unfamiliar for us at the half, so we reminded the girls they must continue their intensity and not get complacent," Adams said. "We need to play as relaxed in the second half as the first because Chaska was still a respectable opponent."
Raatz passed to Sara Pitre who scored the fourth goal.
Playing on Saturday against Burnsville, the Irish just missed a chance to pull out another conference victory.
"We could not overcome three games in three days against physical teams that wore us down," Adams said. "We generated very little offense in this game and just could not carry the momentum from the Chaska game."