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East Ridge girls soccer: Raptors’ win streak snapped by Cretin

East Ridge junior midfielder Katelyn Brown plays a ball Sept. 10 against White Bear Lake at East Ridge High School. The Raptors scored with less than a minute to play for a 1-0 victory. (Staff photo by Nick Gerhardt)

Cretin-Derham Hall used a second-half push Thursday against East Ridge in St. Paul for a 3-1 Suburban East Conference victory to snap the Raptors’ three-match winning streak.

East Ridge (5-3, 1-2 SEC) has not won away from home this season and let the game slip away in the second half with failed clearances on defense.

The Raiders (5-2, 3-0 SEC) got a volley goal from Lizzie Schneeman on a cross to go ahead 2-1 in the 65th minute and added another goal with less than six minutes to play when Kathryn Bugasch buried a shot from 15 yards out after the Raptors failed to clear a corner kick.

“There was some fatigue mentally and physically in our back four, who had played the entire game and most of all games this week and that led to some mental breakdowns and Cretin started to get a run and started getting more confident and we started getting more panicky,” East Ridge head coach Mark Abboud said.

Cretin-Derham Hall got a goal in the first half from Hayden Johnson in the ninth minute off a shot from the left side on a rebound after a defensive lapse by the Raptors.

East Ridge battled back the rest of the half and came through for the third consecutive game with a set piece goal. Raptors senior defender Jaden Vogelgesang set up a goal off a corner kick with 3:18 left in the half that freshman Grace Behr found at her foot for a goal.

Despite rallying in the first half, East Ridge struggled for large portions of the second half to prevent the Raiders from looking dangerous.

“I think we really played well for a lot of the first half even though they got the goal on us early,” Abboud said. “We’re trying to be more dynamic with our runs, which I saw today. Trying to connect passes more early on, trying to be confident with our body positions for our strikers and confident with our girls taking players one-on-one, creating trouble and putting the ball in behind the defense and, really, we did that really well today.”

Prior to the loss, East Ridge pushed its winning streak to three consecutive games Tuesday with a goal in the last minute of play for a 1-0 victory over White Bear Lake at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

Raptors senior defender Jaden Vogelgesang sent a corner kick into the back of the net with 41 seconds left to play to lead East Ridge to victories on consecutive nights.

Minutes earlier in the game Vogelgesang sent a corner kick behind the goal, but remained unfazed with the game on the line.

“A bit of a lapse of focus or concentration, but she was able to not only learn from that, but put it out of her head and five minutes later come and serve a terrific corner kick in that cause all kinds of trouble and wind up in the back of the net,” Abboud said.

The goal gave East Ridge its second consecutive win off a set piece after the Raptors beat Andover 2-1 Monday on a corner kick.

East Ridge continues to find ways to finish games, something the team struggled to do last season. The Raptors opened last season 1-8-1 before going on a six-game unbeaten streak to close out the regular season.

“We looked at this as a good gut-check for us and if we could step up, not only individually, but collectively as a group,” Abboud said. “I’m just really proud of them. There was a lot of fight against a bigger, more physical White Bear team.”

East Ridge has not lost at home yet this season in five games.

East Ridge scored another goal on a set piece, something that’s become commonplace, to beat Andover 2-1 Monday at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

Sophomore Andrea Medellin netted a goal in the first half on a shot from 35 yards out to give the Raptors a 1-0 lead.

Vogelgesang also scored on a set piece in the game to give East Ridge a 2-0 lead and the goal later proved the game winner over the Huskies (2-5)

To end the week, the Raptors lost 2-1 to No.2-ranked Eastview (9-0-1) on Saturday. 

Next, East Ridge travels to Roseville (2-5; 1-2 SEC) on Thursday. .

—Nick Gerhardt