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Girls soccer: Offense comes alive

A Rosemount player dribbles the ball away from a defender during a recent game.

The Rosemount girls soccer team's offense finally started producing in the second half Thursday afternoon in Eagan, just in time to put an end to the Irish's five-game losing streak.

The Irish had scored just two total goals in its previous 5 1/2 games before it put two balls into the back of the net after the halftime break. Eagan responded with two goals of its own and the two South Suburban Conference teams battled through two scoreless overtime periods to a 2-2 tie.

"We found a number of positives coming out of the Eagan game," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. "We were able to generate some offense that had been missing and we found a way to play an entire 90 minutes and earn a hard-fought tie."

The Irish were outshot 11-1 in the first half, but the game remained scoreless thanks to several big saves from keeper Kate Mallory. The visitors finally got in the scoring column when Hannah Halterman booted in a free kick 17 minutes into the second half.

It was 2-1 Eagan when sophomore midfielder Carly Dawson scored on a pass from Kaitlyn Debaun with eight minutes left.

Mallory finished with 12 saves against 14 Eagan shots.

The Irish were able to carry the momentum of Thursday's tie into a 1-0 road win over North St. Paul Saturday.

Junior attacker Anna Grausnick scored the game's lone goal on a pass from Jordan Hill four minutes into the game.

The Irish defense held North St. Paul to seven shots as Mallory picked up her second shutout of the season.

"We carried the momentum over from Eagan for most of this match and played very strong defensively," Adams said. "The girls are getting more and more comfortable with each other as the season goes on and we see the chemistry building, which should help us down the stretch."

The Irish (3-5-1) hosted Lakeville South Tuesday and are back on the road tonight at Bloomington Kennedy.