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Girls soccer: Offense emerges against Hastings

Rosemount junior Jordan Hill takes up the field with the ball last Thursday 0-0 tie.

For the second straight week the Rosemount girls soccer team looked like two different teams in a span of 48 hours.

Head coach Kevin Adams was pleased with the team's effort in both games, but the offense failed to produce a goal for the fifth time this season in a 0-0 overtime tie against a defensive-minded Apple Valley squad Thursday night at Irish Stadium. Back at home for Senior Night on Saturday, the Irish took advantage of a reeling Hastings team by hanging up a season-high seven goals as they sent the Raiders to their fifth straight loss.

"We played two very good games this week. The match with Apple Valley was very even with both teams limiting the offensive chances and both playing solid defense.... We were able to generate five shots, but the Apple Valley keeper was up to the test," Adams said. "On Saturday we played our best game of the season to date. The girls came out with an energy and motivation that I had not seen all season. We played very fast and direct, generating scoring chance after scoring chance."

Senior Hannah Halterman pushed her team-leading goal total to 10 with her second hat trick of the season. Anna Grausnick knocked in her fifth goal of the season to make it 2-0 at the break, Kaylie Hanson added her third goal of the season and Marisa Knott and Jana Elliott each got in the scoring column for the first time this year.

Assists were awarded to Carly Dawson (2), Hanson (2), Sydney Newton, Sarah Jacques and Kylie Carr.

The Irish finished with a 26-3 advantage in shots on goal. Kate Mallory stopped all three shots to pick up the shutout.

The Irish close out their tough South Suburban Conference schedule this week with a visit to fifth-ranked Burnsville Tuesday and a trip to Eastview to face the third-ranked Lightning tonight. The regular season comes to a close with a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Henry Sibley.