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Girls soccer: Irish suffer losses to two SSC teams

Two undefeated teams ranked in the top five in the state made for a difficult first week of the South Suburban Conference season for the Rosemount girls soccer team.

The Irish were shut out for the third straight time last Tuesday when No. 1-ranked (Class 2A) Lakeville North used a pair of second-half goals to pull away for a 2-0 victory at Irish Stadium. The disappointment from that loss carried over into a slow first half in a 3-2 overtime loss to fourth-ranked Prior Lake on Thursday.

It took strong showing by the Irish to force overtime after they fell behind 2-0 early.

"We reminded the girls about the urgency and intensity that is necessary to be successful," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. "The message was heard as they came out in the second half and put a lot of pressure on Prior Lake."

The pressure paid off when junior attacker Anna Grausnick tapped the ball into the net on an assist from midfielder Kayle Hanson at the 24-minute mark. It stayed 2-1 until senior captain Jenny Dean chipped the ball over the Prior Lake goalie on a pass from fellow captain Hannah Halterman to tie the score with under a minute remaining.

The Lakers survived the surge, however, and scored the game-winner early in overtime as they improved to 5-0.

"The comeback was a very positive sign for this group because they never gave up when it would have been easy to do so," Adams said. "There were also glimpses of what this team can become if they can play a full 80 minutes consistently."