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Girls soccer: Trying to cash in

The Rosemount girls soccer team continued to struggle cashing in on its scoring opportunities while playing to a win, a loss and a tie last week.

Since starting the season with a whopping 23 goals in five straight wins, the Irish have scored just seven in their last six games while playing to a record of 1-3-2. Last week they played to a 1-1 tie at Lakeville South, blanked Bloomington Kennedy 2-0 and fell 2-1 in overtime at Robbinsdale Armstrong.

It took 22 shots to produce the two goals against Kennedy on Thursday. It was more of the same on Saturday in Armstrong when the Irish scored just once on 23 shots.

“We basically played very well. We continue to move the ball, play good possession and generate shots and scoring opportunities and just need to be a little more efficient in regards to finishing,” Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said.

Kaylie Hansen scored the lone goal on Saturday, tying the score at 1-1 in the first half. The score remained deadlocked until Robbinsdale Armstrong booted in the game-winner from 40 yards out in overtime.

“They played more physical than we’re used to and that wore us down a little bit,” Adams said. “In the end they just hit a perfect shot.”

Goalkeeper Jess O’Jala didn’t let anything by her on Thursday when she picked up her fourth shutout of the season against Kennedy.

Anna Grausnick opened the scoring on a pass from Marisa Knott. In the second half, defender Kylee Carr scored unassisted to make it 2-0.

Carr also found the net for the lone Irish goal in the second half of last Tuesday’s 1-1 tie at Lakeville South. Taylor Tompkins provided the assist.

“We went down 1-0 at the 17-minute mark, but had been controlling play and moving the ball so we knew we could still overcome that deficit,” Adams said. “In the second half we continued to press and it paid off.”

The Irish are back at Irish Stadium tonight against Burnsville.