Ava Grate (in white) of Rosemount heads the ball during Tuesday's match against South Suburban Conference foe Eagan. The Irish defeated the Wildcats 1-0. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Rosemount saw its last two seasons come to an end at the hands of Eagan in the Class 2A, Section 3 championship, with the Irish not beating the Wildcats since 2016.
But on Tuesday, Rosemount ended up on the winning side of this rivalry, securing a 1-0 road victory over Eagan in a South Suburban Conference matchup at Wildcat Stadium.
“This is a big win for us,” Irish coach Gretchen Stramel said. “They are always one of the top teams in the conference, and in the past four years we have faced them in the section finals.”
Stramel said the win gives her team, which has won seven consecutive games, the psychological edge and gives them hope for the remainder of the season.
“For our girls, it’s a good confidence booster and it helps them realize how much talent they actually have,” Stramel said.
It was a defensive battle throughout, and for a minute, it looked like it was going to be a repeat of last year’s regular-season contest which ended in a 0-0 tie.
But late in the scoreless first half, Rosemount — ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll — gained momentum, controlled the pace of play and hammered numerous shots toward the goal.
It was more the same in the second half, but the deciding goal came early as the No. 4-2A Wildcats (5-1-1, 1-1-0) were yellow carded six minutes in, awarding the Irish (7-1-0, 2-0-0) a free kick. Just five seconds later, junior Julia Schorn scored when her shot bounced off the hands of Wildcats goalie Erica Collins and rolled into the back corner of the net.
Rosemount's Julia Schorn (14) dribbled through traffic into the Eagan zone. Schorn scored the game's only goal on a free kick early in the second half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
In a rematch of last year’s Class 2A, Section 3 final, Rosemount picked up its seventh straight win in a 1-0 victory over South Suburban Conference rival Eagan on Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium in Eagan.
After a scoreless first half, junior Julia Schorn scored the game-winning goal for the Irish, who are ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, off a free kick in the 46th minute.
The goal kickstarted a dominant stretch for the Irish, who didn’t allow a shot on goal in the second half, allowing Rosemount (7-1-0, 2-0-0) to dictate play.
After outscoring its opponents by a combined 14-0 in its two previous games entering Tuesday, No. 4-2A Eagan suffered its first loss of the season. Wildcats keepers Erica Collins and Karlie Vrieze combined for eight saves.
With the win, Rosemount clinched its first in over the Wildcats (5-1-1, 1-1-0) since 2016.
Eagan's Emily Cronkhite (10) tried to get past Rosemount defender Olivia Bohl late in the game. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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