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Girls soccer: Early goal holds up at Hastings

Rosemount learned its lesson after a slow start resulted in a 1-1 tie at Bloomington Jefferson last Thursday.

The Irish scored in the third minute of their non-conference contest Saturday in Hastings and made that goal stand in a 1-0 victory over the Raiders.

"We discussed the slow start... The Irish heard the message loud and clear," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said.

Junior Hannah Halterman did the damage, scoring her team-leading seventh goal on a pass from defender Jackie Kemnic. The rest of the team's eight shots were kept out of the net by Hastings' goalkeeper, but Irish keeper Kate Mallory stopped all four Raiders shots to preserve her fourth shutout of the season.

Jefferson got a shot past Mallory five minutes before halftime last Thursday in Bloomington. The score stayed 1-0 until the 26th minute of the second half when senior Mel Simonsen tied the game with her third goal of the season.

The Irish finished with a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal over the second half and overtime.

Rosemount finally got over the hump against Apple Valley last Tuesday, ending a four-game winless streak against the Eagles with a 1-0 shutout victory at Irish Stadium.

Halterman scored the game's lone goal in the 14th minute of the first half on a corner kick from Allie Hawkins.

"This win was a huge confidence booster as it proved these girls could step up when it counted and get it done," Adams said. "Both teams came out and played hard. The momentum switched back and forth on a number of occasions. Our girls played relaxed and created an intensity you need against the better teams."

Mallory needed just two saves to pick up her third shutout.

The Irish resumed their South Suburban Conference schedule this week with a road trip to Prior Lake Tuesday and a home game tonight against Lakeville South.