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Boys soccer: Five-game losing skid comes to an end at Hastings

Another 2 1/2 -game stretch without a goal was quickly forgotten as the Rosemount boys soccer team finished with a flourish Saturday in Hastings.

The Irish broke a scoreless tie with a pair of goals and ended their five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over section rival Hastings.

"We did not have our game faces on at the beginning of the game. We lacked enthusiasm and came out flat," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said of the first half. "We started to play our game a lot better (in the second half).... Credit our players for sticking with it."

Blake Fitzel got the visitors on the board with a goal on a free kick after Schyler Storer drove into the box and drew a foul. Fitzel then drew a foul, setting up a free kick goal by Kohl Sparrman.

Zach Traeger got the win in goal for the Irish, allowing just one goal on a free kick rebound in the second half.

The Irish played well Thursday at Lakeville North, but couldn't net a goal in an eventual 1-0 overtime loss.

"They came out that game and played really well," Floersch said. "Both teams had chances but didn't capitalize."

Floersch said his squad also played well in the first half of last Tuesday's South Suburban Conference opener against Burnsville at Irish Stadium, but three straight Blaze goals turned a 0-0 halftime score into a 3-0 loss.

"The first half was great, but the second half we fell apart," he said.

Burnsville had a 25-11 advantage in shots on goal.

Rosemount took on Apple Valley on Tuesday. The Irish are back in action tonight at fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Bloomington Jefferson.