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Soccer: Accelerating through the learning curve

Improvement has been the focus for the Rosemount girls soccer team, and coach Kevin Adams knows victories are the most tangible evidence of improvement.

Two years ago, the Irish posted two wins. Last year they won six games.

If the first week of play is any indication they will blow past that six-win mark this season.

Rosemount won its first two games of the year and tied Shakopee on Tuesday.

"Bottom line, this was the process," Adams said. "We're very pleased. We've basically been growing our program again the last couple of years. We are seeing improvement each and every year.

"We're pleased with the start. It will give us confidence right out of the chute. They believe in what we are doing and they can see it working. As you gain confidence, you play better. Yes, we're pleased with how we've played to date."

Rosemount beat Henry Sibley 7-0 last week and followed it up with a 4-0 win at Duluth Central.

The momentum was slowed just a bit on Tuesday in a 1-1 tie with Shakopee in the Irish's home-opener.

Even in the loss, though, Adams could see the growth in his squad as it came from behind to push the game into overtime.

"A year ago we didn't have the mental toughness to keep working and working," Adams said. "We came back and tied the game and I was proud of the effort. They didn't quit.

"They were resilient. That's a testament to their confidence and the mental toughness."

Adams saw another example of the growth following the game. The players were genuinely disappointed with the tie.

"I hadn't seen them disappointed with a tie before," Adams said. "That's the difference in this team. This group of kids wants to be successful every single night."

Amanda Newman scored her second goal of the year on an assist from Sarah Scinto as the Irish rallied. Rosemount out-shot Shakopee, 16-8.

"You have to outwork the other team," Adams said. "You have to process what is going on. When they throw something at you, you have to make the adjustments on the fly. It was a teachable moment for the kids and will help as we go on."

Scinto, Hannah Mason, Mel Simonson and Micaella Petrich each scored as the Irish outshot Duluth Central, 21-0. Newman had two assists. Petrich and Scinto each added assists.

Shade Pratt scored three times against Henry Sibley. Mason, Tina McGivern, Newman and Scinto also scored.