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Boys soccer: Offense helps get Irish in win column

Rosemount senior captain Sam Temple heads for the outside as a Farmington player gives chase during last week's 1-0 win.

By posting a pair of victories last week, coach Mike Floersch and the Rosemount soccer team could finally take a sigh of relief.

The young squad finally earned its first victories of the season, but maybe just as importantly, the Irish also scored a few goals in the process.

"It definitely comes down to scoring," Floersch said. "That's where we are struggling right now, putting the ball in the back of the net. We aren't getting a ton of scoring chances. But from where we were at the beginning of the season to where we are now, we have definitely made some strides. We've started to figure some things out, figure out some positions again and started to settle in. There's still some mistakes people are making, but that's why it's called coaching. That's why you continue to play. We're improving every game."

Rosemount began last week with a 4-1 loss at No. 7 Eagan. The Irish followed with a 1-0 win at home against Farmington and a 2-0 win against Hastings on the field at Dakota County Technical College. On Monday, Rosemount (2-4-1, 0-2 South Suburban) took a 3-0 loss at Burnsville.

Yet, even in the loss to Burnsville, Floersch could take some positives and witnessed improved play.

"Even last night's game, it's a 3-0 game, but it was a good game," Floersch said. "They got some good goals. Burnsville is good. We had some lapses and they got shots from the center. That's what cost us. Overall, guys hustled and played really hard. They didn't quit, even up to the last second. That was fun to watch, fun to see."

Maybe scoring four goals over three games last week provided some motivation and excitement.

Against Hastings, Estifanos Fairchild converted in the first half on an assist from Josue Barrita. Barrita scored in the second half with an assist by Trevor Reis.

Reis scored the game's lone goal in the win against Farmington. A.J. Benfante notched an assist.

"Those goals certainly helped," Floersch said. "They were pumped up. Even in the Farmington game, we felt we could have had a couple more goals. So, they felt good that game. Hastings was a good game and it was good to see us put it away. Basically, with the exception of the game against Richfield, we've beaten the teams we feel like we could and we're trying to improve on games within our conference and hopefully we'll have an upset somewhere in there."

Rosemount hosts Lakeville North tonight.