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Boys soccer: Irish finish 8th in the SSC

The final three games of the regular season served as a reminder to Rosemount of just how good the boys soccer is in the South Suburban Conference.

Coming off a 1-0 loss to second-ranked (Class 2A) Apple Valley, Rosemount overcame a three-goal deficit in the last 20 minutes to forge a 3-3 tie on the road at Burnsville last Tuesday. The team then closed out the conference slate with another 1-0 setback, this time at sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Eastview last Thursday. The Irish finished with three conference losses to teams ranked in the state's top 10, and wound up eighth in the 10-team league at 2-6-1 while going 6-1 against the rest of their schedule.

The three-goal rally at Burnsville was Rosemount's largest in the last five years. Kohl Sparrman got the offense going with a goal on a penalty kick, and Andrew Weiler and Andrew Smeed followed with goals to even the score and force overtime. Trevor Reis and Luke Thompson provided assists.

"The boys never quit and it was fun to see them come back," Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said. "They played hard."

Eastview entered last Thursday's finale with a lot to play for and Rosemount played well to stay within a goal.

The Lightning wrapped up an undefeated conference championship and improved to 9-2-5 overall with the 1-0 shutout.

"We lost 1-0, which was a good outcome against the No. 1 team in the conference," Floersch said. "We had a couple of good chances that we didn't capitalize on, but that is the game of soccer."

The Irish received the No. 6 seed in Section 3AA and went on the road Tuesday to take on No. 3 seed Henry Sibley (9-2-3). Check out next week's Town Pages for the full story.