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Boys soccer: Irish wind up fifth in SSC

Despite a loss and a tie to close out the regular season, the Rosemount boys soccer team accomplished its goal of finishing in the top half of the South Suburban conference.

Just 2-6-1 in the league a season ago, the Irish finished fifth out of 10 teams with a record of 4-3-3. Eagan finished first with a record of 7-0-2, but the rest of the top teams finished in a crowded pack with two-loss teams Eastview, Prior Lake and Apple Valley all finishing just ahead of Rosemount.

The Irish (6-5-4) played to their fourth tie of the season last Tuesday at home against Eastview. The Lightning scored in the opening minutes before Erick Barrita booted in a goal (assist to Joe Fakhoury) to even things up.

Goalkeeper Tanner Rons made a couple of big saves to preserve the tie.

Two nights later, the Irish went on the road to close out the regular season and were shut out for the third time this season in a 1-0 loss to Lakeville North.

“North got basically one good shot all night and they put it in and capitalized on it,” Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said. “We had a tough time getting some offense and getting chances until the last 10 minutes.”

The Irish earned the No. 4 seed in Section 3AA and opened up the tournament at home Tuesday night against No. 5 Park of Cottage Grove. Conference champion Eagan, Eastview and Apple Valley are the top three seeds.

“We are hoping to make a good run in the playoffs,” Floersch said. “If we play as a team and score, I believe we can do very well. We just need to make sure we continue to play with level heads, make smart plays, make few mistakes and capitalize on the chances we get.”