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Woodbury girls soccer: Royals net key win over Cretin-Derham Hall

Four different Woodbury Royals players scored goals as they moved into second place for the Suburban East Conference race with their 4-3 win over Cretin-Derham Hall.

“The Cretin game was a very tough game and we got big goals from Maddie, Kim, Dani, and Kaitlyn,” Royals coach Pat Malicki said.

The Royals’ (7-4, 4-1 SEC) win at home against CDH (6-4, 4-1 SEC) on Sept. 17 puts them right behind a red-hot Mounds View team (10-0-0, 5-0 SEC) in the standings. Maddie Gaffney, Kim Taplin, Dani Nelson and Kaitlyn Bieszk each scored goals for the Royals in the win.

They took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but the Raiders knotted the game twice in the second half. Each time, the Royals answered on offense in a 3-3 second half. Gaffney, Taplin and Nelson also assisted on goals. Goalkeeper Meghan Konop stopped two shots to help her team hold off the Raiders in the second half.

The Royals followed up the win with a 5-0 victory at Hastings on Thursday, Sept. 19. Megan Sturges and Maddie Gaffney each scored two goals, and Shea Ahern added a goal. Julia Weimer and Nene Patterson assisted on goals in addition to Sturges and Gaffney assisting on scores.

Another shutout came the Royals' way on Saturday, Sept. 21, at home in a 3-0 win over St. Paul Academy. Gaffney scored her fifth and sixth goals of the week, and Weimer added a goal. Hewitt assisted on two goals, and Sara Apanian assisted on one.

“There was great team effort all week long,” Malicki said.

They will need more another strong week of effort with games against Roseville (3-7, 1-4 SEC) on Tuesday, Stillwater (6-5, 2-3 SEC) on Thursday and No. 5 Class AA Edina (5-1-4) on Saturday. The Royals will likely need wins over both Roseville and Stillwater to have a shot of facing Mounds View for the SEC title when they meet on Oct. 3.

—Matthew Davis

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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