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Girls soccer: Irish win fifth straight

The Rosemount girls soccer team matched its longest winning streak in four years with a pair of shutouts last week.

The Irish continued their perfect start to the season with what coach Kevin Adams called their “most consistent effort of the season” in a 3-0 shutout on the road at Duluth East last Tuesday. After a slow start on Thursday, the team once again found its groove in a 5-0 blanking on the road at Hastings. The score of that win over the Raiders matches the team’s record through five games.

“We were coming off four consecutive road games and the fatigue was beginning to show,” Adams said. “We did enough to win the game, but will need to clean up some of the mistakes as we go into our first conference game against a talented Prior Lake team in Prior Lake.”

After the sixth straight road game at Prior Lake, the Irish will finally return for their home opener against Bloomington Jefferson Monday at Irish Stadium.

The Irish’s fatigue was a factor in last Thursday’s game staying tied 0-0 through the first 30 minutes. In the 32nd minute, Jordan Hill finally found the net on a pass from Marisa Knott. Things started to click after that and Hill returned the favor by finding Knott for a goal to make it 2-0. Anna Grausnick then found Knott for her team-leading seventh goal of the season, giving the Irish a 3-0 lead at the break. Carly Dawson and Sara Stuckey added goals in the second half.

Jenna Eichten opened the scoring with a goal on an assist from Khuyen Doan last Tuesday at Duluth East. The Irish found the net just once in the first half, but were in control of the game, according to Adams.

“We were able to get into a rhythm early and control the tempo with our possession game,” he said. “This opened up opportunities to use our speed and get behind the opponents’ defense for scoring opportunities.”

The Irish capitalized on one of those opportunities at the 10-minute mark of the second half when Grausnick scored on a pass from Hill. Ten minutes later, Knott chipped a shot over the goalie on a nice pass from Dawson.

Sophomore keeper Jess O’Jala picked up her second shutout of the season.