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The East Ridge girls soccer team had a knack of converting scoring chances into goals on its way to a Class 2A, Section 4 championship. The Raptors outscored opponents 11-0 in three section games. But that was not the case in Thursday’s Class 2A state quarterfinals against Andover at Chisago Lakes High School.
Two Woodbury cross country runners punched their tickets to state at Wednesday’s Class 2A, Section 4 cross country meet in Falcon Heights. Joseph Romain led the Woodbury boys cross country team by taking third with a 5-kilometer time of 16 minutes, 26.2 seconds. Freshman Tiffany Holiday will join Romain at state after she placed eighth in the girls race with a mark of 20:02.1.
It has been an up-and-down season for the Woodbury football team. And on Wednesday it was up. The Royals’ offense scored on its first three offensive possessions and did not look back in a 47-25 victory over rival East Ridge. After starting the season with three consecutive losses, it was no surprise that the Royals were excited to wrap up the regular season with a win against the state's fourth-ranked team in Class 6A.
There were two forces at work against Woodbury cross country runner Joseph Romain at the Suburban East Conference championship meet on Tuesday. First of all, he misplaced his running spikes before the race. And on top of that, there was the Jersey Mike’s Subs sandwich from lunch that was still digesting in his stomach. But that did not matter as the Royals’ senior pulled away from the rest of the pack for a conference championship. Romain credited teammate Logan Longworth for loaning him a pair of spikes to use in the varsity race.
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East Ridge head coach Mark Abboud told his players he felt they could score five goals before the start of Tuesday’s Class 2A, Section 4 championship game at Stillwater. The Raptors offense nearly matched the prediction against the state's top-ranked Class 2A team. Emily Bunnell scored three goals as East Ridge defeated the Ponies 4-0 to wrap up a section championship. The Raptors will now play in the Class 2A state tournament starting next week.
The East Ridge defense did not force a turnover in Friday’s district home game versus Roseville. But it did not matter. East Ridge shut down the Raiders’ offense until the fourth quarter when the second team defense was on the field with a running clock. The offense also provided plenty of support in the 42-14 victory.
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A second half goal from Grant Tostenrud helped East Ridge force overtime in the Class 2A, Section 4 semifinals on Thursday. However, the shootout was not kind to the Raptors. North St. Paul won in a shootout 4-2 to advance to the section finals next week. Head coach Anthony Bidwell said the Raptors had their chances throughout the game to add more offense. But when it comes to the shootout in soccer, nothing is a guarantee.
The East Ridge girls soccer team took advantage of some early pressure in the Class 2A, Section 4 semifinals on Thursday. Linnea Yacovella got the scoring started on a penalty kick in the seventh minute to give the Raptors a 1-0 lead at home versus Mounds View. Yacovella scored her second goal 22 minutes later to put the Raptors ahead 2-0. They held on from there to advance to the section finals game on Tuesday.