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Boys soccer: Injury bug bites team during 0-3 stretc

Rosemount boys soccer coach Mike Floersch's biggest nightmare has come to fruition the past two weeks.

Floersch knew his team likely wouldn't be able to withstand many injuries this season. He knew one of the biggest challenges for the Irish would be developing depth. So, when injuries have hit the team hard the past two weeks, Floersch is just left bewildered.

"It's becoming a joke, the fact that so many injuries have happened," Floersch said. "Against Cretin-Derham Hall, I look over and my three captains are on the bench with injuries. One guy comes back and another guy goes down. I don't know. I've never had it like this.

"It's not just any players. They are some of our top players."

The struggles were evident during the past week when Rosemount lost three games by a combined 13-1 score. The Irish lost 7-0 at top-ranked Apple Valley last week. On Saturday it was a 3-0 loss at Cretin-Derham Hall. Thursday's rainout with Bloomington Jefferson was played Monday and Rosemount lost 3-1 at home.

"It's just a series of bad luck," Floersch said. "Through it, guys are working hard and we've got to keep talking about heart and what it takes to win. It's testing everyone, not just the coaches."

Perhaps the Irish can build on the ending against Bloomington Jefferson on Monday.

With the Jaguars holding a 3-0 advantage, Rosemount scored the final goal in the second half.

Charlie Frahm scored for the Irish on an assist from Dalton Cunningham.

"It was kind of motivating," Floersch said. "It pumped our guys up. It's kind of like, 'Yeah, we can put it in the back of the net.'"

Rosemount (2-8-1, 0-5 South Suburban) hosts Henry Sibley on Saturday at 12 p.m.