Boys Soccer: Irish start season off strong at 2-1
The Rosemount boys' soccer team is three games into its regular season and is off to its best start under head coach Todd Farrington. The Irish won their season opener at Rochester Century 1-0 on August 23 and then took their home opener over Cretin-Derham Hall 4-3 August 25. They then hosted the top-ranked Stillwater Ponies on August 31 and kept the game close until late before falling 4-0. Their match against South St. Paul earlier this week was rescheduled due to the rain and they welcome Eagan to Irish Stadium Thursday night for their first South Suburban Conference matchup.
Senior midfielder Johnathan Gutierrez scored the lone goal in the match against Rochester Century on a penalty kick early on and Rosemount held on to win.
Against Cretin Derham Hall, the Irish scored first on a goal by senior forward Getinat Asfaw. The Raiders responded by scoring on a penalty kick but then Gutierrez put Rosemount back on top 2-1 before the end of the first half. In the second half, the Irish scored twice courtesy of sophomore forward Ryan O'Connor and a second goal from Asfaw to lead 4-1. Cretin-Derham Hall was able to make a comeback, scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game, but Rosemount held on for the 4-3 win. Farrington said that the 2-0 start to the season was their best since he has been head coach.
The Irish then faced Stillwater, which is ranked No. 1 in Class AA. Farrington said his team stuck with the Ponies and were down just 1-0 well into the second half. However, Stillwater scored again 60 minutes into the match to go up 2-0.
"That goal took the wind out of our sails," Farrington said. "We had battled so hard to withstand their attack and create our own chances. Junior goalie Emanuel Canas-Martinez made a number of excellent saves to keep us in the game as long as possible."
Stillwater scored two more goals after that and Rosemount was unable to mount a comeback, falling 4-0.