Sports Update for Sept. 4
A number of area teams took to the pitch and court in both conference and non-league action on Thursday, with the Woodbury boys and girls soccer teams sweeping Cretin-Derham Hall at Royals Stadium.
Woodbury soccer entered its conference slate with back-to-back games against the Raiders on a splendid evening for sport or just about anything outdoors at WHS.
It was the first home game for the Royals girls, fresh off yet another Duluth East Tournament title last season, and the hosts pulled off a last-minute victory over a tenacious Cretin squad.
Despite owning the time of possession, spending approximately 90 percent of the contest in the visitors end, the score was still knotted at zeroes as the final moments ticked away.
However, senior Caitie Sessions fired home what would prove to be the only goal of the game from approximately 25 yards out in the 88th minute to give WHS a 1-0 victory, pushing the Royals' record to 2-0-1 on the year.
Following up the females was the WHS boys soccer team, who also remained unbeaten on the season with a 4-1 win over the Raiders.
Eric Miller logged the Royals' first score in the eighth minute to put the hosts up 1-0 in the midst of the frenetic play being exhibited by both competitors.
WHS senior goalkeeper Peter Runquist made several solid to magnificent plays in guarding the home goal to keep the Raiders at bay before junior midfielder Ben Cherrey scored in the 36th minute to provide the hosts all the offense they would require as day turned to night.
For good measure, however, junior middie Jan Groth jammed home yet another Woodbury strike to give the home club a 3-0 lead at the break.
Senior forward Demyan Trofimovich bullied his way through the Cretin defense to tally the Royals' final score in the 58th minute before Cretin ruined the shutout with its lone goal two minutes later, bringing the count to the final 4-1 outcome.
ERHS Girls Tennis
The East Ridge girls tennis team got back on the winning track in a big way with a 7-0 shutout of Park. Sweeping the singles competition were the Raptors' Leah Robinson, Emily Mueller, Sarah Kostelecky and Laura Zimny; the three ERHS doubles teams -- Hannah Strom/Meghan Tomai, Taylor Anderson/Maddie Blake, Ellie Eckman/Taylor LeMay -- also claimed straight-set victories.
ERHS, WHS, NLA Volleyball
The East Ridge volleyball team nearly scored the first win in program history in its opening contest, yet fell at Edina in five games (25-20, 15-25, 19-25, 25-20, 10-15).
Over in Eagan, the Woodbury volleyball team was dropping its second match of the season, falling in five games (25-23, 24-26, 21-25, 13-25, 10-15) as well to drop to 1-2 on the season. The Royals also lost to Andover in the home opener two nights earlier.
Back in Woodbury, the New Life Academy volleyballers also were taken down in five games by visiting Minnehaha Academy (25-22, 19-25, 18-25, 25-21, 14-16) to drop to 1-2 on the year.
WHS, NLA Tennis
The Woodbury girls tennis team was narrowly defeated, 4-3, at Hastings.
The Royals got wins at No. 1 singles (Kelsey Beebe) and doubles (Mary Beck/Crosby Reuvers) as well as No. 3 doubles (Joan Park/Thushari Alahapperuma). Beck and Reuvers remained unbeaten on the season with their Thursday victory.
The New Life Academy tennis team also was defeated in its road appearance at ST. Paul Arlington, losing 5-2 to the Phoenix.
Both the East Ridge boys and girls soccer teams fell to 0-3 on the season with identical 3-0 losses at White Bear Lake on Thursday.
The New Life Academy boys and girls soccer teams split their home-and-home series with Bethany Academy, with the fellas losing on the road, with the ladies winning at home.
The Eagles girls won for the second-straight time, 2-1, to improve to two wins and one loss on the autumn. However, the boys remained winless (0-4) in 2009 after a 3-1 loss at Bethany.
Information from the East Ridge/Ogilvie girls swimming and diving meet at Woodbury Junior High on Thursday was not available.