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Turnovers did not help the New Life Academy football team in a close 12-7 loss to Providence Academy on the road Friday. The Eagles jumped ahead 7-0 in the first quarter on a quarterback sneak by Adam Busch. Providence Academy responded with a short touchdown run by Jackson Baird in the second quarter. But the Eagles still held a 7-6 lead at halftime after a missed two-point conversion by Providence Academy. The game-winning score came in the fourth quarter when Baird broke loose for a 36-yard touchdown.
The Woodbury football team's defense pitched a shutout on Friday night. The Royals defeated Stillwater 18-0 Friday at home for the second straight win of the season. Head coach Andy Hill said the defense was "lights out" in only giving up five yards total in the first half. The defense also had two goal-line stands in the second half. The Royals led 12-0 at halftime thanks to two rushing touchdowns. Jalen Morrison rushed for a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Ricardo Twinawe added a rushing touchdown of 30-yards in the second quarter.
The East Ridge football team continued its march through the East Metro Blue subdivision on Friday. The Raptors defeated Cretin-Derham Hall 21-7 on homecoming, taking sole possession of first place in the subdivision. But it wasn’t easy. The Raptors lost star running back Dominik London to an ankle sprain in the first quarter, and two fumbles throughout the game did not help.
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The Woodbury girls soccer team was able to control play through a majority of Thursday’s Suburban East Conference game versus Park. This consistent attack helped the Royals win the conference matchup 2-0. After falling behind early in the last several games, Woodbury head coach Pat Malicki said it was nice to get a lead in the opening minutes.
Chalk it up as a draw for the Park and Woodbury boys soccer teams on Thursday. Nothing was decided after both teams played to a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation. Two scoreless five-minute overtimes produced more scoring chances for both teams. But as the final horn sounded, Woodbury and Park were forced to settle for a draw. Park needed a comeback goal from Avery Tillery to tie the game at 2-2 with about 20 minutes left in regulation.
The East Ridge boys soccer team extended its winning streak to a season-long six games on Tuesday. The Raptors shut out Roseville by a score of 3-0 thanks to goals from two of their most consistent scorers. Sam Hoeffel gave East Ridge a lead just 30 seconds into the game after knocking a header into the Roseville net. Collin Sieffert was credited with the assist. Hoeffel next drove a bouncing ball on goal early in the second half to give the Raptors a two-goal lead.
The East Ridge girls soccer team was able to put miserable weather aside Tuesday in a 4-1 win over Suburban East Conference opponent Roseville. Head coach Mark Abboud said the weather Tuesday, rainy with temperatures in the low 50s, reminded him of what they typically see in mid-October during the section tournament. Those conditions require another level of effort.
Woodbury senior Jalen Morrison gave a verbal commitment to the University of North Dakota football team on Sunday. Morrison said he gave his verbal commitment to UND at about 10 a.m. Sunday after taking the past week to discuss his options with his family. He expects to play on the defensive line at UND.