Girls Soccer: East Ridge starts season with 5-1 record
East Ridge 2, Mahtomedi 1
The Raptors brought their record to 5-1 after defeating Mahtomedi on Saturday afternoon. East Ridge had Grace Thomas and Morgan Werner score goals for the Raptors.
East Ridge will host Woodbury on Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m. for the rivalry game of the season.
East Ridge 5, Forest Lake 0
It was the first conference game of the season for the East Ridge girls soccer team and the Raptors made sure to score early and often to win with a 5-0 final score over Forest Lake.
For head coach Tim Bunnell, this was an important game to start the conference 1-0 and build that confidence heading into a busy month with some tough opponents every night.
“This is a good conference win because that’s really important,” Bunnell said. “We started the game with seniors and juniors and ended the game with five freshmen on the field. It’s great to see everyone playing and cheering for each other throughout the game.”
The scoring started early as Linnea Yacovella scored the first goal of the night with 33:29 left in the first half. About 13 minutes later, Sydney Franta found the back of the net to make it a 2-0 Raptor lead.
Yacovella scored for a second time with 17:05 left in the first half and, finally, the last goal of the half came from Madison Majewski.
With a 4-0 lead going into the second half, Bunnell was able to put more players into the game to see how they’ve progressed from practice. He liked what he saw, which gives him confidence not only this season, but future seasons as well.
The last goal of the night took place with 30:16 left in the second half, but it took some teamwork to make the goal possible. Yacovella was on the left side of the goal and kicked it to Mackenzie Werner, but she saw her twin sister open near the net. Werner decided to kick it over to Morgan Werner for the goal and the 5-0 lead, which would later become the final.
Towards the end of the game, a handful of younger players were finding their way down the field and had some opportunities to take a shot at the goal. Each time a player shot at the goal, the East Ridge bench got up hoping it would find the back of the net.
They never were able to earn a goal, but Bunnell was proud of how the different players reacted and acted appropriately to any given situation throughout the evening.
Bunnell and the East Ridge team is taking each game and each practice at a time to build them in the right way for conference play and the end of the season. Their next conference game is against rival Woodbury next Tuesday, but their focus is on earning another victory on Saturday against Mahtomedi.
“Mahtomedi [on Saturday] will be a day to try new things,” Bunnell said. “Our focus is on Woodbury next Tuesday and making sure we’re prepared for the rivalry game.”
New Life 9, Spectrum 1
It was a big day for scoring for the Eagles. New Life had seven different players score a goal on Thursday night to earn the first win of conference play this season.
Jess Hase and Lauren Meyer each had two goals and Hanna Dolan, Emily Bakken, Emma Lassen, Sophia Sosa, Clare Maple and Abby Kuphal each had one goal to improve New Life's record to 2-3 and their conference record to 1-0.
East Ridge 2, Hill-Murray 0
The Raptors traveled to Hill-Murray on Tuesday night and came out with a 2-0 win to improve their record to 3-1 on the season.
The two goals came from Linnea Yacovella and Maddie Majewski to give East Ridge the lead and the win.
The Raptors will host two straight games against Forest Lake on Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m. and Mahtomedi on Saturday, September 8 at 5 p.m. before hosting rival Woodbury on Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m.