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East Ridge girls soccer: Wolfpack tops Raptors 1-0

East Ridge’s Emma Kansas and the Raptors beat North St. Paul 2-0 on Saturday at The Nest. Staff photo by Patrick Johnson

Park senior Temi Ogunrinde has caused headaches for opposing coaches for the majority of her career and East Ridge head coach Mark Abboud has been no exception.

Ogunrinde scored the lone goal Thursday for the Wolfpack (6-0, 1-0 SEC) in the 50th minute of the Suburban East Conference opener on a rebound off a free kick to further frustrate Abboud and the Raptors.

“Temi has been a gamebreaker for four years,” Abboud said. “She can float in and out of games and all of a sudden, ‘Boom’ she can kill you.”

East Ridge (3-1; 0-1 SEC) had won three of the last four meetings between the teams but Park controlled the game early on with physical play and the ability to win the majority of 50-50 balls throughout the game.

The Wolfpack struggled to finish chances throughout, but clearly outshot the Raptors.

“Park was playing with a little more bite,”Abboud said. “They were getting to the ball quicker than us. We’re a pretty technical team. We’re missing those gamebreakers this year … you could see Park had a couple.”

Following the loss to Park, East Ridge rebounded with a shutout of North St. Paul at Saturday at The Nest. 

Kari Solheim and Katherine Scheibner each scored for East Ridge Saturday in a 2-0 win over the Polars.

Both goals came in the second half when Solheim split two defenders and scored from point blank range in the 44th minute.

A little more than a minute later Scheibner connected on a shot from the left side that beat the keeper over her head.

Alina Del Toro recorded the shutout in goal for the Raptors.

To start the week, East Ridge picked up its second consecutive victory to open the season Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Anoka at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

The Raptors got goals from junior Abby Johnson and sophomore Andrea Medellin. Johnson got credit for a Tornado own goal while Medellin volleyed in a shot from inside the box for her first varsity goal.

“Anoka tried to play some good soccer and they were big and athletic,” Abboud said. “We just happen to be a little sharper in our game than we were (against Park).”

—Nick Gerhardt