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Girls soccer: Rosemount takes shutout streak into section

Momentum is on Rosemount’s side heading into the Section 3AA tournament.

The Irish closed out the regular season by upsetting No. 9-ranked (Class 2A) Lakeville North on the road in the final game of their South Suburban Conference slate last Thursday night, and then blowing by North St. Paul 6-0 in their regular season finale Saturday at Irish Stadium.

The fast finish earned the Irish (9-5-2) the No. 4 seed in Section 3AA and first-round home game Tuesday night against No. 5 Park of Cottage Grove. The upset of North also moved them up to sixth in the final South Suburban standings.

The Irish bounced back against the Panthers after suffering a 3-1 home loss two days earlier against No. 8 Eastview.

“The girls seemed very relaxed coming off a tough loss and going up against a traditional power in the conference. We were not sure what this meant, but the girls did,” Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. “They came out with energy and intensity and controlled the pace of the game.”

Despite controlling the ball for much of the first half, the score remained tied over the first 38-plus minutes. Rosemount finally capitalized just before halftime when Kaitlyn DeBaun scored on a pass from Cori Seehusen.

“Not only did scoring in the last minute give the girls that little extra confidence, but it provided momentum going into the second half that they could play with and beat one of the better teams in the state,” Adams said.

That momentum quickly turned into another goal by DeBaun on a long free kick at the four-minute mark.

Goalkeeper Jess O’Jala and the Irish defense continued to keep the Panthers out of the net the rest of the way to preserve their fifth shutout of the season.

Shutout number six came less than 48 hours later on an Irish Stadium field chewed up by Rosemount’s football game the night before against Lakeville South. The Irish handled the conditions just fine, however, and peppered the net with three goals in each half of a 6-0 victory over North St. Paul.

“Our possession-style game came in handy with the conditions as the field was slick,” Adams said.

The Irish dominated the first half, outshooting North St. Paul 18-5. Anna Grausnick scored the first two of her game-high three goals during the opening 40 minutes (assist by Kaylie Hanson) and Maria Knott added a goal on a pass from Maria Griffith.

DeBaun added a goal in the second half on a pass from Brenna Sullivan and Maddie Bleick capped the scoring with a late goal on a pass from Carly Dawson.

The defense of Bleick, Sullivan, Taylor Tompkins and Kylee Carr helped seal up the Irish’s sixth shutout of the season. The unit allowed just 18 goals in 16 regular season games.