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Boys soccer: Irish rally past Burnsville

Four unanswered goals last Thursday helped keep alive the Rosemount boys soccer team’s hopes for a finish in the top half of the South Suburban Conference.

The Irish trailed a two-win Burnsville team 2-0 before storming back for a 4-2 victory in their Homecoming game at Irish Stadium. That improved them to 4-2-1 in the league and tied them for third with Prior Lake heading into the final two games of the regular season this week.

They faced first-place Eastview on Tuesday before closing out the schedule on the road at eighth-place Lakeville North tonight. A win in either of those games would put the Irish in the top half of the league for the first time since 2006.

“It’s a big week ahead for us as we fight to achieve one of our team goals,” Rosemount coach Mike Floersch said.

The team showed that fight against Burnsville. Trailing 2-0, Andrew Weiler found the upper corner of the net to cut the deficit in half heading into the break. In the second half, Weiler, Cameron Johnson and Colin Benson supplied a barrage of goals to put the Blaze away.

Joe Fakhoury assisted on three of the goals and Erick Barrita added an assist.

“The guys played great once we settled down.… It was a nice comeback and it was good to know the players didn’t let down or quit,” Floersch said. “The players coming in off the bench did a fantastic job, as well.”

The Irish opened the week dropping what Floersch called a “heartbreaker” on the road at Apple Valley last Tuesday.

The Eagles scored on a pair of corner kicks and held on for the 2-1 victory.

Rosemount outshot Apple Valley 12-6, but capitalized just once on a goal by Weiler.

“We were in the game and controlled a lot of the game,” Floersch said. “We had a hard time putting the ball in the net.”

The Irish (6-4-3) close out the regular season tonight at 5 p.m. at Lakeville North.