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Girls soccer: Varsity veterans lead Irish to two victories

With nine newcomers making their varsity debuts for the Rosemount girls soccer team last week, the Irish's returning players took it upon themselves to lead the team to a pair of lopsided victories.

Hannah Halterman, Jennifer Dean, Kaylie Hanson and Jana Elliott combined to score eight goals and dole out four assists as the Irish knocked off Cloquet 4-0 and Hermantown 5-1 in a pair of non-conference road games.

The Irish started slow in their opener last Friday at Cloquet, but managed to break through for their first goal 23 minutes into the first half when Halterman scored on a pass from Dean. Three minutes later, Hanson found the net on another Dean assist to make it 2-0 heading into halftime.

"It took the girls a while to get comfortable and in sync with one another, but as the game moved on they started to figure things out," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said.

The offense continued to click in the second half, producing two more goals. Halterman knocked in her second goal at the 27-minute mark on a pass from Kaitlyn DeBaun and eight minutes later Hanson knocked in her second score on a pass from Marisa Knott.

"We reminded the girls at halftime that our success would require a continued up tempo style of play since we have a lot of speed on this team and playing with possession would create more opportunities for us," Adams said. "The girls came out in the second half and continued to move the ball well."

Senior goalkeeper Kate Mallory returned from injury to pick up the shutout, stopping all three shots that came her way.

The Irish needed just three minutes to take the lead for good Saturday in Hermantown. Halterman scored the first of her three goals on a pass from Elliott and the visitors coasted to a 5-1 victory.

Halterman added another goal on another assist from Elliott seven minutes after the first, and then completed the hat trick on a penalty kick in the second half.

Jordan Hill responded to Hermantown's lone goal to push the Irish lead to 3-1 in the second half and Dean capped the scoring at the 27-minute mark.

"In the second half, our speed seemed to wear on Hermantown and they tired out," Adams said.

Mallory picked up her second win as Rosemount posted a 13-8 shot advantage.

The Irish traveled to Shakopee Tuesday and are back home tonight against Minnetonka.