Soccer: Woodbury boys opens season with a win over Hudson
When the Woodbury boys soccer team started their pregame workouts on Thursday night, there was an important player missing from the lineup.
Cade Keesling was using crutches to get around the field before the home opener against Hudson. Since Keesling was out for the game, head coach Joe Quintavalle decided to put sophomore Devin Padelford into the mid-fielder position.
It was Padelford's first varsity game and he made it memorable right away.
"I will keep this night in my head forever," Padelford said. "It was a great night, especially since the team was able to get the win."
Woodbury held off Hudson to earn the 3-2 win to start the season with a 1-0 record, but Padelford recorded his first varsity goal of his career.
The Royals were down 1-0 early in the first half when Padelford made his move for the net. He was able to put the ball in the back of the net to tie the game and get the momentum going for Woodbury.
After his goal, Padelford ran over to the student section and pumped up the crowd for the rest of the game. That cheering continued to show throughout the rest of the first half and into the second half allowing the Royals to score one goal before the half by junior Kylie Yan.
Then, in the early part of the second half, junior Austin Williams found an open shot and took advantage of the goal making it a 3-1 lead for Woodbury. Hudson was able to tack on one more with a little over a minute left in the game.
It was a good win in Quintavalle's eyes with the strength of schedule coming up in both non-conference and conference play during the regular season.
"We didn't control the ball well, but during the second half we played better," Quintavalle said. "I was excited to see how our team would play because we have a really good team."
The Royals will stay at home for their second game of the season against Southwest on Thursday, August 30. Then, Woodbury hits the road for four straight games including a trip to local rival East Ridge on Tuesday, September 11.
"We have a pretty tough schedule this season, but I'm excited to play every team," Padelford said. "I'm just hoping to help the team the best I can throughout the season."
East Ridge 4, Irondale 0
The East Ridge Raptors opened up their season at home as well and started off the season 1-0 too. The Raptors scored two goals in the first half and two more goals in the second half.
The scoring started with Josh Tong and finished the first half with a goal from Terrence Vu. The lead was extended in the second half with goals from Reese Dodd and Miles Sitcawich.
Bloomington Jefferson 3, Park 2
It took extra time and the Park Wolfpack battled hard in the second half to tie the game. Bloomington Jefferson scored in overtime to win the game.
South St. Paul 7, New Life Academy 0
Park 3, Kasson-Mantorville 0
The Park Wolfpack girls soccer team started off on the right foot to start the season. The first goal of the season came from Emma Henderson, but the final two goals came from Mandy Elton who scored in the first half and the second.
St. Croix Lutheran 2, New Life Academy 1
The New Life Academy Eagles were down 1-0 throughout the majority of the game until Emily Bakken tied it up with 2:08 left in the second half. The two teams had to decide a winner in overtime.
It took only one minute and St. Croix Lutheran took a 2-1 lead. The Eagles weren't able to respond in the last nine minutes.