Sports Update for Sept. 30Woodbury soccer teams take control of Suburban East Conference race; WHS, ERHS split in SEC battles.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
The Woodbury boys and girls soccer teams remained undefeated and seized control of lone possession of first place in the Suburban East Conference by means of consecutive wins at White Bear Lake on Tuesday night.
The Royals boys, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class AA poll, entered the night one-half game behind both the Bears and Roseville, but leap-frogged both squads by defeating White Bear 2-1, while the Raiders fell 1-0 at Forest Lake.
Coach Joe Quintavalle's club is now the lone unbeaten team in the SEC with a 4-0-2 league mark and are 8-0-3 overall heading into a Thursday night matchup at Roseville. A win over the Raiders could give WHS as much as a 1 1/2-game lead with two games remaining if Stillwater, the No. 4 team in the SEC and a 1-0 winner over East Ridge on Tuesday, is able to top White Bear on Thursday.
The Woodbury girls held fast to their No. 1 national ranking by means of a 4-0 shellacking of White Bear Lake. The Royals and Bears both entered the contest with identical 5-0 SEC records, but the hosts proved no match for the defending Class AA champions, who improved to 13-0-1 on the season.
Back in South Washington County, the East Ridge volleyball team improved to 2-3 in the SEC with a dominating three-game victory (25-11, 25-14, 25-12) over Park on Tuesday. The win was the Raptors' fourth in their last five matches and moved the team over the .500 mark for the first time in program history at 6-5.
Over in Stillwater, the Royals spikers could not keep pace with the No. 7-ranked Ponies, losing to the hosts in four games (19-25, 25-20, 17-15, 16-25). The defeat dropped Woodbury to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the SEC.
The New Life Academy boys soccer team fell to 6-7-1 overall with one game remaining in the regular season after a 3-0 loss to Meadow Creek Christian on Tuesday. The Eagles travel to St. Croix Lutheran on Monday for their regular-season finale before the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association playoffs begin.