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Girls Soccer: Woodbury ties Eagan in home opener

Senior goalie Shweta Raje kicks the ball to the Woodbury midfielders. The Royals tied with Eagan on Tuesday night with a 0-0 final score. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Junior Grace Douglas tries to get the soccer ball around the Eagan defender on Tuesday night. The game ended in a 0-0 tie after overtime. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Madison Majewski tries to get the soccer ball around the Rosemound defender on Tuesday night. The Raptors won 2-1. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

It was the home opener for the Woodbury girls soccer team and they opened with an exclamation point.

The Royals faced a strong opening opponent and ended the night with a strong opening performance.

"The girls weren't satisfied with the end result," said Pat Malicki, Woodbury's head coach. "They wanted to beat this team."

This team would be the Eagan Wildcats. The state champions from last season.

The end result was a 0-0 tie on Tuesday night, but the game took 80 minutes of regular time and another 10 minutes of overtime.

Each team had chances to score, but the two defenses were able to stay physical and not allow a single ball to go in the back of the net.

In the first half, Eagan had a corner kick that went just wide. The Royals were stopped by the Wildcats' goalkeeper after having two big saves to prevent a score.

The same mentality went into the second half as Woodbury's goalkeeper, Shweta Raje, had a couple key saves preventing scores. With only a few minutes left in regular time, Woodbury's Grace Douglas took a chance and shot just wide of the net.

"We wanted to put as much pressure as possible on [Eagan] defensively," said Woodbury senior McKenna Strand. "There was some great communication between the defense tonight."

The games won't be any easier in the next few weeks with conference play continuing throughout the month of September, but Malicki is happy with how the girls are training and making sure their mindset is ready for these types of games.

The tie against Eagan puts Woodbury's record at 1-1-1, but the Royals will hit the road for the next four games. Within those four games, Woodbury will face its rival East Ridge on Tuesday, September 11.

Strand knows this will be a busy couple of weeks of games and travel, but she believes the team is ready for upcoming challenges.

The Royals will head to Eastview on Thursday night at 5 p.m. before having a longer weekend with Labor Day coming up.

Once Labor Day weekend concludes, the girls will have to handle both soccer and school. Malicki said he wants to make sure his players are healthy after a physical game with Eagan, while also prepared for the next game.

"Thursday is going to be a similar game as Eagan," Malicki said. "[Eastview] comes from the same conference and will be a physical team just like tonight, so we have to make sure we're healthy and ready to play on Thursday night."

Other girls soccer scores

East Ridge 2, Rosemount 1

The Raptors were able to get past Rosemount on Tuesday night allowing them to stay undefeated this season with a 2-0 record.

Providence Academy 5, New Life Academy 2

The first half ended in a 2-2 tie, but Providence came firing in the second half with three unanswered goals. This loss for the Eagles makes their record 0-3 to start the season.

St. Michael-Albertville 6, Park 1

After winning the first game of the season, the Park Wolfpack have lost the last two games. Park comes home for the next three games.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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