Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Saturday's Eagle Invitational provided some talented competition for the Rosemount girls cross country team. Going up against five of the top 10 ranked teams in the state, the Irish placed 13th out of 20 teams with 311 points in Apple Valley. Eagan topped Edina 75-117 for the team title. Chanhassen, Eden Prairie and Lakeville South rounded out the top five. "Overall, as a team we competed better than we did at the Applejack meet last week," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said.
Prior Lake scored a touchdown with 29 seconds left in the second quarter to take the lead and added another score on its first drive of the second half en route to a 17-7 South Suburban Conference win Friday night at Irish Stadium. The Irish (1-3) fell behind on an early field goal, but came back to take the lead thanks to a 14-play, 92-yard drive that took up over half of the second quarter. Senior running back Ali Al-Khatib scored the touchdown from five yards out.
The South Suburban Conference continued to be unkind to the Rosemount boys soccer team last week. Thursday's 3-0 loss at Eagan dropped the Irish to 0-4 in the league. They have scored three total goals in those four losses, compared to 11 goals in their five non-league wins. The offense got going in the second half last Tuesday at Bloomington Jefferson, scoring two goals.
The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team won 8 of 12 events in securing a 92-89 South Suburban Conference meet victory over Prior Lake last Thursday. Megan Wenman, Olvia Johnston and Katie Garrity were each part of three first-place finishes. Wenman and Johnston opened the meet by joining Claire Tolan and Madeline Ryan for a winning time of 1 minute, 53.64 seconds in the 200 medley relay.
After being edged by Lakeville North 4-3 last Tuesday, the Rosemount girls tennis team came back to sweep Lakeville South 7-0 last Thursday at South. "The girls refocused and had strong performances against South," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "Doubles played well in some tough matches to pull through for the sweep." Two of the three doubles teams had to go to three sets to secure victories. At No. 1 doubles, Abby Kohagen and Monica McDonald held on 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. The No. 3 doubles tandem of Kierstin and Kourtney Johnson rallied for a 7-6, 6-7, 10-7 win.
Other than the schedule, everything went right for the Rosemount volleyball team at Saturday's Farmington Invite. Of the 16 teams in attendance at Tiger Gym, the Irish were the unlucky ones who got paired up with Owatonna in the first round. The 11-3 Huskies went on to win the tournament with four straight sweeps, while the Irish rebounded from their first-round 13-25, 18-25 setback to win three straight matches and the consolation championship. "We made too many mistakes to beat a strong team like Owatonna.
The Rosemount girls soccer team's offense finally started producing in the second half Thursday afternoon in Eagan, just in time to put an end to the Irish's five-game losing streak. The Irish had scored just two total goals in its previous 5 1/2 games before it put two balls into the back of the net after the halftime break. Eagan responded with two goals of its own and the two South Suburban Conference teams battled through two scoreless overtime periods to a 2-2 tie. "We found a number of positives coming out of the Eagan game," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said.
Warmer temperatures and a half-mile longer race may have had an effect on the Rosemount girls cross country team at Friday's Applejack Invitational in Lakeville. The Irish finished 10th out of 21 teams with 330 points in their first four-kilometer race of the season at Aronson Park. "Historically, we have difficulty in our first four-kilometer of the season. Hopefully we got that out of our system," Rosemount coach Chris Harder said. "We had some difficulty today and can run much better, like we showed at the Irish Invitational....
The Rosemount boys cross country team executed its race strategy to perfection Friday afternoon at the Applejack Invitational. The seventh-ranked Irish ran comfortably with the rest of the pack for the first half of the race before making their move on the second half of the 5,000-meter course at Aronson Park in Lakeville.
Most of the columns on the stat sheet favored Bloomington Kennedy Friday night, but the only one that mattered went Rosemount's way. The Irish were outgained by over 100 yards, ran about half as many plays and had the ball nearly half as much, but a couple of big plays in the second half sparked them to a 21-14 South Suburban Conference victory over the Eagles at Irish Stadium. Rosemount got the ball to start the second half in a 7-7 game and drove to the Kennedy 26-yard line before running back Ali Al-Khatib ran it in for the go-ahead touchdown.