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Girls soccer: Irish looking for offensive contributions

Experience will be an asset on the defensive end of the field for the Rosemount girls soccer team.

The offensive end is a different story. The Irish are looking to replace three seniors — Marisa Knott, Anna Grausnick and Kaitlyn Debaun — who combined to score 25 of the team’s 38 goals for last year’s team, which finished with a record of 9-6-3.

“We will be looking for players to step up in new roles and take on the challenge of creating the offensive opportunities we will need to win games,” Rosemount head coach Kevin Adams said. “We will have no one player who will carry the offense this season. Contributions will come from many players and many positions.”

The Irish return three forwards who were awarded varsity letters last season — Marie Griffith, Carly Dawson and Khuyen Doan. Newcomers Alex Sirek and Jasmine Finley could also see time up front.

On the defensive side, captains Brenna Sullivan and Sara Stuckey, along with Kylee Carr, return to anchor the defense in front of Jess Ojala. As a sophomore last season, Ojala posted a goals-against average of 1.2.

Other returning letter-winners are midfielders Cori Seehusen and Taylor Tompkins, and defender Jenna Eichten. Newcomers who could contribute at the defensive and midfield positions include Megan Dahl, Michelle Macgillivray, Carolynn Ciriacks, Isabel Edgar, Samantha Leininger and Abby Fossand.

“Our leadership and experience will play an important role in any success we have,” Adams said. “We have added some young players with good talent who we believe will compliment that leadership and experience and provide valuable contributions.”

The Irish open the regular season with a road game tomorrow night at Esko.