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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The Rosemount girls tennis team lost to conference champion Prior Lake last regular season before exacting some revenge and upsetting the Lakers in the section tournament finals. The Irish were left hoping for another opportunity for revenge after falling to the undefeated Prior Lake last Tuesday in Rosemount. The Lakers swept doubles play as they handed Rosemount its second league loss and all but locked up another South Suburban title. Virginia Norder held on to win a tough first set and picked up the team's lone win at No. 1 singles, 7-6, 6-1.
Rosemount girls soccer coach Kevin Adams figures he saw his team both at its best and at its worst in a span of two days last week. The Irish played what Adams called "their most complete 80-minute game of the season" in front of a big Community Night crowd last Tuesday night and eked out a 2-1 win over Lakeville South at Irish Stadium. Two nights later, the team traveled to Bloomington and lost by the same score to a 4-7 Kennedy team that had lost its previous three games by a combined score of 22-0. "We followed that emotional game with our poorest effort of the season.
Prior Lake came away with points on three long scoring drives and stopped Rosemount from scoring on two of its trips to the red zone as it spoiled the Irish's Homecoming with a 17-7 South Suburban Conference win Friday night at Irish Stadium. The Irish (1-3) matched their season-low point total, but showed some signs of progress on the offensive side of the ball.
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.