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Boys soccer: Team shows progress with pair of SSC wins

Rosemount boys soccer coach Mike Floersch couldn't be more pleased with the progress his team has made this season.

Coming off a 3-11-2 season where it won just one South Suburban Conference game, the Irish improved to 7-5 last week as they reeled off back-to-back league wins and played Edina competitively in a 2-1 loss.

"We are really starting to play well. As a coach, you want your team to improve as the season goes on and I think these boys are surprising even themselves as to how good they could be," Floersch said. "I have always believed we had the right players, but getting them to realize it is a whole different thing. The team is playing with confidence."

The Irish opened last week by scoring a season-high five goals in a 5-2 win over 1-11 Lakeville South at Irish Stadium.

Biruk Tefera, Chandler Storer, Joe Fakhoury, Brandon Hubbard and Kohl Sparrman all celebrated Homecoming with goals.

"It was a nice night for our seniors to be out there playing and to do well in front of the home crowd," Floersch said.

The Irish carried over the scoring into Thursday's trip to Bloomington to take on a one-win Kennedy team. Sparrman turned in his second hat trick of the season as the visitors came away with a 3-2 victory, their first conference road win since 2009.

Luke Thompson scored a pair of goals that were both waved off and Andrew Weiler assisted on one of Sparrman's goals. Sparrman leads the team with 13 goals.

"It was a hard-fought game that went back and forth," Floersch said. "Kenney has some really strong forwards, but we were able to take advantage of their weaker defense."

The Irish are home tonight against second-ranked (Class 2A) Apple Valley before closing out the regular season next week with games against Burnsville and No. 9 Eastview.