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Boys soccer: Woodbury drops rival East Ridge 4-0

Senior captain Bobby Kostadinov recorded two goals in Woodbury's 4-0 win over the Raptors.

After a slow start against non-conference teams, the Royals picked up steam as they entered Suburban East Conference action, topping rival East Ridge 4-0 on the road.

The win improved Woodbury's overall record to 2-2 and 1-0 in the SEC.

Coach Joe Quintavalle said a tight schedule to start the season allowed for just two practices in the midst of four games.

"The good news is I was able to determine what we need to work on as a team that did not go well in those games," he said.

Things went very well for the Royals on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the East Ridge win.

Senior captain Bobby Kostadinov recorded two goals against the Raptors. Cole Brueshoff, a sophomore midfielder, and junior midfielder Nick Sheak also scored a goal apiece in the game.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jake Simon recorded the shutout for Woodbury.

"To score four goals and to beat East Ridge is always a big thing," Quintavalle said.

Heading into the East Ridge game, Woodbury had won just one game in three attempts, losing most recently Aug. 27 to Hudson. The Royals topped Hill-Murray at home Aug. 25 after beginning the season with a 4-1 loss against Champlain Park.

Senior captain Mitch Leonard, a midfielder, and sophomore midfielder Keng Xiong both scored goals in the 4-2 loss to Hudson.

"We didn't play very well," Quintavalle said. "They were better than us."

The coach said the challenge for his team will be finding the time to shore up issues in between games.

"We have a lot to learn and improve upon and I anticipate it will be a season long process," he said. "We hope to learn by our mistakes and keep getting better so we are playing our best going into sectionals in October."

Woodbury's only game this week is a home match-up Thursday, Sept. 6, against intradistrict rival Park. The two District 833 teams square off at 5 p.m. at Woodbury.

Quintavalle said that even though Park lost several talented players to graduation, he expects a tough fight.

"It doesn't matter," he said. "Whenever we play Park it's always a close game."