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East Ridge Girls Soccer: Raptors give Cretin the boot

Grace Behr (from left), Payton Goulding and Emma Stoehr celebrate a Goulding goal Cretin-Derham Hall. (Bulletin photo by John Molene)1 / 3
Raptors’ keeper Brooke Eggenberger only allowed one goal against the Raiders. (Bulletin photo by John Molene) 2 / 3
East Ridge’s Katherine Scheibner battles for the ball during the Raptors’ 2-1 win over Cretin Sept. 11. (Bulletin photo by John Molene) 3 / 3

East Ridge girls soccer is getting into a groove.

Play a lot of players, play opponents close, and see what happens.

The Raptors improved to 2-0-1 in Suburban East Conference play and 4-2-2 overall Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting Cretin-Derham Hall (2-1, 5-3-0).

It was the sixth straight game for the Raptors decided by either one goal, or which ended in a tie.

“Cretin was a good opponent, “ East Ridge head coach Mark Abboud said. “We knew they were senior heavy and experience heavy. I thought overall we played well. And as you may have been aware, played 18 different kids. We get a little bit of ridicule by subbing a lot sometimes but, for me, it’s important that we build team strength and team unity. I feel getting everybody involved – these are all pre-season games to me – ultimately we want to make sure we’re sharp come sections in October.

“In my experience the more unity and the more health, by keeping our players fit, and the more players we have that can contribute, and are comfortable in contributing, the better off our team is as a whole,” Abboud added.

East Ridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then held off the Raiders for the win.

Kelsey Deverell got the Raptors on the scoreboard with a goal off the far post, scoring off a cross by sophomore Brooke Valiukas . It was Deverell’s second goal in two games.

Senior forward Payton Goulding snuck in behind the Raiders defense to give East Ridge a 2-0 lead in the second half, off an assist by Sydney Schumann.

“Like I told the girls, a 2-0 lead is tough in soccer, because we tend to relax a little bit and the other team tends to really still play at a level and they get a goal and all of a sudden we’re panicked and they’ve got the momentum,” Abboud said. “But as I told the girls, I’m glad they scored a goal. It puts us under pressure, gives us a good section feel.”