Sports Notebook for October 8Royals soccer teams sweep Forest Lake at home; Raptors salvage a point in Cretin doubleheader at Metrodome; WHS, ERHS both win in the pool; Dragons runners take two wins at Blaine Invitational.
Indian summer was in full effect as a full slate of athletics was on the docket Thursday night as several local teams moved closer to the conclusion of their respective regular seasons.
WHS Boys Soccer
Woodbury opened up a can of offense in its regular-season finale with a 10-1 throttling of Forest Lake as forward Jan Groth netted a hat trick with three goals to lead the Royals scoring parade.
Ben Cherrey and Bobby Kostadinov each recorded two goals with Tyler Lo, Davis Johnson and Eric Miller each accounting for a lone tally in the punishing victory. Woodbury begins sectional play of Thursday, Oct. 14 against a yet-to-be determined opponent.
WHS Girls Soccer
The WHS girls opened the lightly-attended evening with a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers, with Maddie Gaffney scoring her team's first two goals before Clint Dempsey-esque hammer shot closed out the game with Woodbury's third and final tally. The Royals take on Park in a make-up game on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Royals Stadium.
It was a night of mixed emotions for the East Ridge soccer teams as the Raptors took on Cretin-Derham Hall in back-to-back games at the Metrodome.
The East Ridge girls were officially eliminated from claiming a share of the Suburban East Conference championship by means of a 3-0 loss to the Raiders, yet the boys earned an impressive tie in a 1-1 knotting with the "hosts."
The Math and Science Academy cross-country teams each earned the title in the White Division of the Blaine Invitational, held at Majestic Oaks Golf Course. The Dragons boys recorded 63 points, 10 lower than St. Paul Como Park; the MSA girls were 20 points lower than St. Paul Highland Park with 55 points in their victory.
ERHS, WHS Cross-Country
The East Ridge girls cross-country team placed seventh in the Blue Division at the Blaine Invite, with the Woodbury girls taking 14th. The Royals boys runners placed 17th in their Blue race. The Raptors boys did not run at Blaine.
WHS, ERHS Swim/Dive
The Woodbury and East Ridge girls swimming and diving teams both won their respective Thursday night SEC duals as the Royals claimed a 102-73 victory at Forest Lake, while the Raptors topped Roseville, 96-85, at their Woodbury Middle School home.
The East Ridge volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 deficit to gut out a five-game victory at Mounds View, going to extra points in the final game before putting away its hosts: 18-25, 15-25, 30-28, 25-16, 18-16.
The New Life Academy volleyball team fell in its Minnesota Christian Athletic Association dual matchup versus Southwest Christian, falling in four games to the Stars: 25-21, 23-25, 14-25, 14-25.
The New Life girls and boys soccer teams split in MCAA Tournament play as the Eagles girls kept their hopes of a conference title alive with a 2-1 victory versus Trinity, while the boys fell 3-1 to Southwest Christian in overtime.
Results from the Woodbury volleyball team's Thursday night match at Hastings were not yet available.