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The East Ridge girls soccer defense kept Cloquet out of the Raptors net for 79 minutes and 20 seconds of their Class A State quarterfinal on Thursday before the Lumberjacks rallied for a late goal and a shootout victory on Thursday night. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

Heartbreak for Raptors at State


So close, yet so far away.

The East Ridge girls soccer team, less than 40 seconds away from advancing to the Metrodome for the semifinals of the Class A State Tournament, instead saw their dreams of a State title in season one wash away in the autumn rains after a 2-1 loss to Cloquet in a sudden-death shootout.

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