Girls soccer: Nelson’s goal lifts Royals over RaptorsThe Royals survived a blooming rivalry and improved their season mark to 3-1 last week after defeating intra-district rival East Ridge at home.
By: Mike Longaecker, Staff Writer, Woodbury Bulletin
The Royals survived a blooming rivalry and improved their season mark to 3-1 last week after defeating intra-district rival East Ridge at home.
Woodbury, which is now 3-1 in four games with East Ridge, edged the Raptors 1-0. The loss dropped East Ridge to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in Suburban East Conference action.
Maddy Nelson kicked in the game’s lone goal with about 12 minutes left in the second half.
Both teams recorded five shots on goal.
“It was a fairly even game,” Woodbury co-coach Bill Ebertz said.
He said the sixth-ranked Royals continue to get stronger while defending its reputation as an elite Minnesota soccer program. After finish runner-up in the Class AA state tournament two years ago, the Royals didn’t qualify for the state tourney last season.
Beating No. 1-ranked Eden Prairie in the opening week of the year “sent a message,” Ebertz said.
Still, he hopes to see improvement – especially on developing penetration passes that cultivate scoring opportunities.
“I think we have to mix up our game a little bit,” Ebertz said. “We’re playing OK. I think there’s a lot of room for improvement.”
East Ridge returns to the field Thursday in an SEC home match-up against Forest Lake.
The Royals’ only loss came against third-ranked Eagan (4-0).
Woodbury gets back to action in a Thursday road game against District 833 rival Park (5-0; 1-0 SEC).
The Wolfpack game kicks off a particularly challenging portion of the season, Ebertz said. After Park, the Royals face non-conference opponents Edina and Northfield before returning to SEC play against Forest Lake and Stillwater.