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East Ridge girls soccer: Raptors dealt season-ending loss

The East Ridge girls soccer team’s season came to an end Tuesday in a 1-0 thrilling, double overtime loss to White Bear Lake at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

The fourth-seeded Raptors (10-6-1) had beaten the fifth-seeded Bears (8-8-1) 1-0 Sept. 10 at East Ridge High School on a goal from senior defender Jaden Vogelgesang on a corner kick with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

White Bear Lake, which finished as state runners-up last season, scored with 56 seconds left in the second overtime to defeat East Ridge in the opening round of the Section 4AA tournament.

“We had a series of four or five corner kicks in the last couple of minutes with the wind,” Raptors head coach Mark Abboud said. “They had the same thing in the second overtime for them.”

East Ridge also dealt with the loss of starting goalkeeper Brooke Eggenberger, who suffered a broken nose prior to the start of the Tartan game Sept. 28.

Raptors junior Alina Del Toro played in goal and Abboud praised Del Toro for her efforts.

“She came into a tough position,” Abboud said. “She played maybe she had two, two and half games in the regular season. I’m not only proud of her efforts on a team sake, but as an individual. I can’t say enough of how proud I was for her.”

Despite having a higher seed and a regular season victory over the Bears, Abboud knew White Bear Lake presented a challenge based on its success the previous season.

“We knew they were going to be a strong opponent,” Abboud said. “They came in with 14 seniors from last year’s runner-up team. They won a lot of the loose balls and 50-50 challenges.”

Abboud said the team defended for much of the game, but added the team did well in defending.

The Raptors graduate three seniors from this season’s team – Vogelgesang, Kari Solheim and Lauren Kubat.

“I believe, not taking anything away from the past four years, this was a true team,” Abboud said.

—Nick Gerhardt