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Boys soccer: Offense comes and goes

Esti Fairchild kicks the ball down the field.

Improving its offensive attack was a goal going into the season for a Rosemount boys soccer team that scored just 11 goals in 17 games last season.

The Irish looked like they had made strides toward that goal last Thursday night when they opened the season with a 6-0 shutout victory over Rosemount First Baptist at Irish Stadium. However, the offense faltered less than 24 hours later in a 3-0 shutout loss at Cloquet. It was the 24th time Rosemount has been shut out in its last 53 games dating back to the start of the 2008 season.

"We missed a couple of great opportunities which would have given us a 2-0 lead and may have changed the outcome of the game," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said. "Our players have to come out ready to play every game and this was a perfect example of how mentally a team can shut down and what can happen. I think it was good for the players to learn that early in the season."

Instead of taking the lead, the Irish went into halftime at Cloquet in a 0-0 deadlock. Cloquet came out in the second half and took control immediately, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes.

"They were a rough playing team and the ref let it play that way," Floersch said. "In the second half we came out scared like we were going to get hit and they took advantage of it."

The Irish were the team setting the tone a day earlier in their season opener. They out-shot Rosemount First Baptist 50-8 and scored four second-half goals to pull away for the win.

"We passed well and the players came out scoring, which was something we were looking to try and do this year," Floersch said.

Chandler Storer started the scoring barrage with a goal on a pass from Trevor Reis. Kohl Sparrman followed with a goal courtesy of an assist by Ryan Sward to make it 2-0 going into halftime.

Esti Fairchild found the net twice in the second half and Schyler Storer and Joseph Fakhoury each added a goal and an assist. Kyle Johnson also assisted on one goal.

The Irish (1-1) hosted Shakopee for a non-conference game Tuesday night and are back in action at 7 p.m. tonight against Farmington at Tiger Stadium. The team's South Suburban Conference schedule gets underway next Tuesday when it hosts Burnsville.