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Girls soccer: Irish need offense to come alive

Rosemount's Kaylie Hanson heads the ball up the field during a recent home game.

Goals have been hard to come by for Rosemount during the South Suburban Conference season.

The Irish wrapped up their league schedule by being shut out by a pair of ranked teams last week, first a 4-0 setback to fifth-ranked Burnsville last Tuesday and then at third-ranked Eastview last Thursday. The team finished ninth out of 10 teams in the final standings at 1-6-2 and was held scoreless in seven of those games.

"We have struggled all season to put a full 80 minutes together and our offense has been down this season," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. "Things like this happen from time to time and you have to work through it... The girls have continued to work hard and put in the work that we hope will benefit us moving forward."

That attitude allowed the Irish to bounce back for five goals in a 5-3 non-conference victory in their regular season finale Saturday at Henry Sibley.

Marisa Knott led the way with her first hat trick of the season and Hannah Halterman and Jana Elliott each scored goals. Kaitlyn DeBaun provided two assists and Halterman one.

The win improved the Irish's record to 6-8-2 and earned them the fifth seed in Section 3AA and a matchup against fourth-seeded Apple Valley in the opening round Tuesday afternoon. The two teams played to a scoreless tie Sept. 27 at Irish Stadium.

"The section we play in is tough with Eastview, Park, Eagan and Apple Valley. Some very good teams will not advance," Adams said. "(Rosemount and Apple Valley) both know each other very well, so neither team will surprise each other. The difference will be which team can find that passion and heart to get the job done and move on."