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Boys soccer: Overcoming inexperience

With a relatively inexperienced team coming into the season, Rosemount boys soccer coach Mike Floersch expected some growing pains early.

Through three games, Floersch is seeing just what he expected -- a work in progress.

Rosemount is experiencing its development time, most recently taking a 1-0 loss at Shakopee last week. The Irish are 0-2-1 this season and have been outscored 10-2.

"Our inexperience is coming through," Floersch said. "Our offense has to find a way to get things going here. The boys are trying hard. That's all I can ask at this point. Every game we are improving, even though the scores don't always show it. I don't know if the players realize it as much as the coaches do.

"We are trying to convey to them that it's a learning process. We've got a long ways to go with so many new players to the program and to this level. They might have played traveling soccer before, but not at this level."

Rosemount hosts Farmington today in the middle part of a three-game stretch in five days. The Irish also play Hastings on Saturday at Dakota County Technical College.

The extra playing time now might benefit Rosemount in the long run.

"That's the goal," Floersch said. "We want to get a lot of good playing time. This is a good week to try and work on a couple of things, both offensively and defensively."

While the offense needs work, the defense is showing signs. Yet, Floersch knows improvement is needed all around.

"Defensively, we are feeling better, but Shakopee had a few too many shots out of the middle," Floersch said. "It's one of the things we're trying to tweak and figure out."