East Ridge girls soccer: Raptors earn 1-1 draw with rival Royals, tabbed with fourth seed in section
Woodbury clearly had the majority of the scoring opportunities Tuesday against East Ridge at Woodbury High School, but the Raptors held on for a 1-1 tie with their intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival.
Despite playing defensively the majority of the game the Raptors (9-5-1, 4-3-1 SEC) got on the board first on a free kick from senior defender Jaden Vogelgesang from 20 yards out with less than two minutes to play in the first half.
Woodbury (10-4-1, 6-1-1 SEC) threatened to score throughout the second half, but got the equalizer in the 62nd minute off a throw-in from senior Sarah Apanian that bounced around in the 6-yard box before slipping past East Ridge goalie Brooke Eggenberger on what appeared an own goal.
“They’re a better team than us, just overall more athletic, more dangerous,” Raptors head coach Mark Abboud said. “I was proud of how our girls hung in there. We defended, a lot. To their credit they had enough pressure on us that it was a matter of time. We had to be sharp and we had to defend well.”
The game marked the first tie between the two teams. East Ridge has only one win in the series, back in 2010, a 1-0 victory.
On Sunday, East Ridge was pegged with the fourth seed in the Section 4AA tournament. The Raptors take on fifth-seeded White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The winner of Tuesday’s game will face the winner of top-seeded Woodbury and eighth-seeded North St. Paul on Thursday. Mahtomedi is the No. 2 seed and Cretin-Derham Hall is the third seed.