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East Ridge girls soccer: Raptors can't solve Royals in 2-0 loss

East Ridge sophomore Gia Diaz and the Raptors fell 2-0 to rival Woodbury last week. The Raptors are 0-2-1 to start the year.

Going into a matchup with sixth-ranked Woodbury, East Ridge girls soccer head coach Mark Abboud told his team it had to pay attention on set pieces and balls played over the top. The Raptors allowed the Royals to score indirectly off a corner kick in the second half and on a long ball played ahead to a Woodbury forward to give the Royals a 2-0 win in a highly anticipated game between rivals at East Ridge High School.

"We thought the only way they would score would be a set piece or a long ball," Abboud said.

East Ridge failed to clear the ball after the corner kick and Woodbury found a way to go up 1-0 in the second half.

East Ridge (0-2-1, 0-1 SEC) has only two goals in three games this season and Abboud said that's symptomatic of a young team. The Raptors have just four seniors and three juniors this season.

"To Woodbury's credit they regrouped at halftime," Abboud said.

Many of the players grew up playing together in youth soccer and Abboud used to serve as the director of coaching with Woodbury from 2000-2004. The two teams play for the Black and Blue Cup and the Royals have ended the Raptors' season the past two years in the section tournament.

"Our payback will be to beat them in October if we meet them," Abboud said.

East Ridge will face Hill-Murray Tuesday at East Ridge High School and Forest Lake Thursday in Forest Lake.

"The first 16 games are all learning," Abboud said. "Our goal is to be playing our best in mid-October."