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Girls soccer: Wildcats oust Irish

Rosemount had its chances against third-ranked Eagan last Thursday in the Section 3AA tournament.

The Irish had a 13-7 advantage in shots on goal, and controlled the ball for much of the game, but couldn't find the back of the net as their season ended with a 2-0 loss in the tournament's second round.

"Our girls played extremely well and had plenty of opportunities to win our semi-final match against Eagan," said Rosemount coach Kevin Adams, whose team lost to Eagan 4-1 in their regular season finale two weeks ago. "We had answers for anything they threw at us and generated a number of scoring opportunities ourselves. The margin for error at this time of year is extremely small and the team that makes the fewest mistakes and gets a break or two normally wins."

The Irish finished with an overall record of 11-5-2. They finished fifth in the tough South Suburban Conference behind four teams that were ranked in the top 10 in the state and earned either No. 1 or 2 seeds in their respective sections. Adams said it was a memorable season that featured memorable games like the team's wins over Apple Valley and Burnsville and its tie against Eastview.

"Our season was a tremendous success. We finished one place higher in conference than in 2010 and the teams that finished ahead of us were all ranked in the top 10 at the end of the season," he said. "In my opinion, we have the toughest conference in the state and we finished near the top with the best of them."

The Irish were led by a 10-member senior class: Jackie Kemnic, Madeline Phillips, Lauren Riley, Shannon Carroll, Melanie Simonson, Jessica Priest, Allie Hawkins, Piper Murray, Abigail Cichantek and Becca Newman. Adams said the group will be missed.

"They were collectively one of the hardest working groups I can remember. They pushed each other and the team hard in practice and games yet created a team chemistry that made the group click," he said. "It is not often that all the players like each other but on this team, they really did and would sacrifice anything for each other. Winning is more than the score and this team and the seniors really defined what winning is this season."