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Girls soccer: Irish play at both ends of the spectrum

Rosemount girls soccer coach Kevin Adams figures he saw his team both at its best and at its worst in a span of two days last week.

The Irish played what Adams called "their most complete 80-minute game of the season" in front of a big Community Night crowd last Tuesday night and eked out a 2-1 win over Lakeville South at Irish Stadium. Two nights later, the team traveled to Bloomington and lost by the same score to a 4-7 Kennedy team that had lost its previous three games by a combined score of 22-0.

"We followed that emotional game with our poorest effort of the season. The girls may have overlooked a struggling Kennedy team and counted the win before the game was played.... An important lesson was learned, that on any given day, any team is beatable and you need to be fully prepared to play each and every night."

The Irish trailed 1-0 at the half against Kennedy, but quickly tied the score after the break on a goal from junior attacker Anna Grausnick at the eight-minute mark. Marisa Knott provided the assist.

The game remained 1-1 until overtime when Kennedy, which was outshot 16-5, knocked in the game-winner.

Last Tuesday's game remained scoreless until the third minute of the second half when Grausnick found the net on a pass from senior captain Hannah Halterman. It took just two minutes for South to respond with its lone goal to tie the score back up.

With two minutes remaining, Halterman drove home the deciding goal with the assist going to junior midfielder Kaylie Hanson.

Adams credited the play of goalkeeper Kate Mallory and defenders Maddie Bleick, Molly Buck, Kylee Carr, Sarah Jacques, Sydney Newton and Jessica Cox for holding the Cougars in check.

The Irish (4-6-1) are back at Irish Stadium tonight to take on Apple Valley. The game begins at 7 o'clock.