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Boys soccer: Irish struggle to fill the gaps early on

Rosemount senior Sonny Monterola chases down a ball in the first half of the season opener against Edina.

The Rosemount boys soccer team is winless in its first three games this year, but coach Mike Floersch said the losses are not for lack of effort.

The Irish graduated 15 seniors from last year’s team and lost nine starters, so the team has spent a lot of time in its early games figuring out where everyone should play.

“We’re rebuilding form the keeper to the defensive all the way up trying to figure out a system that works,” coach Mike Floersch said. “It’s a bummer. We’re obviously taking our hits here at the beginning of the season, which is kind of what I predicted and you don’t want that. You want to see the kids have some success.”

Rosemount opened its season at home Aug. 21 against Edina and held a lead going into halftime. Zachary Zweber was fouled in the Edina penalty box with less than a minute to play in the half and Kohl Sparrman converted the penalty kick to put the Irish ahead.

The lead didn’t last, though. Edina scored four times in about the last 15 minutes of the second half to take the win.

“It was a hot night and we just didn’t have the subs they did. I think that was part of the deal,” Floersch said. “I think we just broke down.”

There was a similar story the next day at Rochester Mayo. After a scoreless first half, Zweber was fouled in the box early in the second. Sparrman scored the penalty kick to give the Irish a 1-0 lead. And Mayo broke through at the end of the game with two goals to take the win.

Rosemount lost 2-0 to Bloomington Kennedy on Monday.

Despite the losses, Floersch said he has seen some good things from his team.

“Like my assistant said, he said we didn’t lose because of lack of effort,” Floersch said. “Every player we put out there was putting it all on the line. You can have the greatest talent and people don’t try and you go nowhere, or you can have not the greatest talent and players who are coming from all kids of different groups, but they’re willing to learn and they’re willing to work hard and they’re willing to improve and they leave it all out on the field.”

The Irish will have to bring that effort again in a Sept. 2 game at Eagan. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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