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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n The Irish also lost to Lakeville North and beat Henry Sibley By Matthew Steichen Sports Editor The Rosemount girls soccer team split its first two South Suburban Conference games against a pair of ranked teams last week, then got back in the win column against a section opponent on Saturday. The Irish (5-2, 1-1) opened their league season by upsetting fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Burnsville 3-2 last Tuesday at Irish Stadium. It was the program's first win over a ranked team since it beat then No. 7 Burnsville in 2009.
By the end of Friday night's season opener at Irish Stadium, the only question was whether Rosemount would complete its first shutout since the 2009 season. The eighth-ranked (Class 5A) Irish allowed Burnsville a late touchdown, but still rolled to a 38-7 South Suburban Conference victory. Senior quarterback Nate LeMoine ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and the Irish, now 2-0, led the rest of the way.
Rosemount showed some resiliency in its first match of the season last Tuesday. The Irish, facing a Faribault team that had already played, and won, its first game of the season, fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 in games before rallying for a season-opening 22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13 victory at Irish Gym. "We made some adjustments and eliminated some errors," Rosemount coach Smokey Vitek said. "We made a couple of mistakes, but then refocused and finished....
The Rosemount girls soccer team couldn't make an early goal stand in last Tuesday's loss to Shakopee at Irish Stadium. Sophomore Kaylie Hanson found the net on a cross from Marisa Knott 35 seconds in, then the Irish were held scoreless over the next 79-plus minutes of an eventual 2-1 non-conference loss to Shakopee. The teams have proved evenly matched in recent years, splitting a pair of one-goal games and a tie in their last three meetings. "To Shakopee's credit, they did not let that goal shake their confidence and kept playing hard," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said.
The offensive struggles that plagued the Rosemount boys soccer team last season have started to reemerge over the last three games. Since putting up six goals in a season-opening win over First Baptist, the Irish have scored one goal in three games. Missed opportunities were the story for coach Mike Floersch's team last week as it lost to Shakopee 3-0 Tuesday at Irish Stadium and 2-1 Thursday at Farmington. "Our shots seemed to go over the bar more than below them," Floersch said. "We felt the score didn't reflect how well we played (against Shakopee).
A lot of things didn't go right for Rosemount in its season opener last Thursday night at Bloomington Stadium. The Irish turned the ball over three times, failed to reach 100 yards rushing, were out-gained 246-204 and controlled the ball nine fewer minutes than a Bloomington Kennedy team that finished 3-7 a season ago.
Rosemount, the defending South Suburban Conference champions and state runners-up in Class 5A, opened the season with a 28-6 league win at Bloomington Kennedy Thursday night. Logan Lindberg scored the final three Irish touchdowns. He hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass from quarterback Nate LeMoine to make it 14-0 in the second quarter, returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown early in the third and caught another LeMoine strike from 13 yards out in the fourth quarter.
It's been quite a first week of the season for the Rosemount girls tennis team. The Irish, 18-5 last season, reeled off seven straight victories in a three-day span to start the 2011 campaign. They opened the season last Wednesday with a first-place finish at the Buffalo Tournament, then followed that up by sweeping Bloomington Kennedy in their South Suburban Conference opener on Thursday.
Improving its offensive attack was a goal going into the season for a Rosemount boys soccer team that scored just 11 goals in 17 games last season. The Irish looked like they had made strides toward that goal last Thursday night when they opened the season with a 6-0 shutout victory over Rosemount First Baptist at Irish Stadium. However, the offense faltered less than 24 hours later in a 3-0 shutout loss at Cloquet. It was the 24th time Rosemount has been shut out in its last 53 games dating back to the start of the 2008 season.
The Rosemount girls soccer team opened the season with back-to-back road victories last week. The Irish beat Cloquet 4-0 last Friday, then returned to the field for a 3-1 win over a physical Hermantown Saturday afternoon. "Hermantown presented some challenges for us with their physical play," Rosemount coach Kevin Adams said. "We rely on our speed and had to make some adjustments because Hermantown neutralized that with their style of play.