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Boys soccer: Late goal against Jefferson propels team to 2-2 week

Rosemount boys soccer coach Mike Floersch could sense a change in his team in the second half of last week's game against Bloomington Jefferson.

The Irish had struggled in recent weeks and had allowed the Jaguars to jump out to a 3-0 lead. But Floersch started to see a different Rosemount team on the field.

"It kind of started with that Jefferson game," Floersch said. "We got one to go in and the last 15 minutes we started to play better, dominated the game a little bit. We scored and just all of a sudden they were playing harder. They picked it up a notch. It was kind of like, 'Wow, we can score.' We almost got a couple more."

It was an eventual 3-1 loss to Bloomington Jefferson, but the Irish were gaining momentum. The next night, Rosemount beat Prior Lake, 2-1. A busy week continued with a 4-0 loss at Lakeville South, but the Irish came back on Saturday and earned a 1-0 overtime win against Henry Sibley.

Charlie Frahm scored the goal against Jefferson that started the momentum, connecting on an assist from Dalton Cunningham.

From there, everyone was getting involved.

With a good crowd and good weather a night later, the Irish hosted their annual homecoming game and community night. It was made sweeter with a victory, snapping a five-game losing skid.

Rosemount defender Nick Clements scored on a pass from Trevor Reis. Cunningham added the other goal with an assist to Jacob Shurts.

Goaltender Jackson Eliason made 10 saves, as the Irish were outshot 11-8.

"It's good to get the win," Floersch said. "We'll take them."

Two nights later, Rosemount (4-9-2, 1-6 South Suburban) disappointed in a loss at Lakeville South. The Cougars scored twice in the first five minutes and then added two late goals.

"Then we turn around and have one of our worst games," Floersch said. "We came out unbelievably flat, which was something I was a little afraid of. Lakeville took it to us right away."

However, the Irish would get back on the winning side against Henry Sibley in a close contest.

Blake Fitzel scored on a penalty kick with 12 seconds remaining in overtime to seal the win. Senior captain Josue Barrita drew the penalty.

"It was an interesting call," Floersch said. "But regardless, we had definitely outshot them and had more opportunities during the game. We just didn't put it away until that moment. It makes it exciting. The guys can see, 'Hey, we're starting to improve.' That's what you look for, improvement at the end of the season. You look for players to step up and we have that. I can go to my bench and be comfortable pulling people off the bench."

Eliason finished the shutout for the Irish with six saves against Henry Sibley.

Rosemount opens the section tournament next week after concluding the regular season at Eastview today.