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With both teams unbeaten heading into the intra-district and Suburban East Conference rivalry game, the Park girls soccer team upset third-ranked Woodbury 2-1 on Thursday at Woodbury High School to remain undefeated. Park junior attacker Temi Ogunrinde scored both of the Wolfpack's goals in the win. After a scoreless first half, Ogunrinde scored the game's first goal to put the Wolfpack up 1-0. Then, Park went up 2-0 after Ogunrinde's second goal.
Nick Hajovy scored twice as the Park boys soccer team beat rival Woodbury on Thursday. Park beat rival Woodbury 2-0 in the intra-district and Suburban East Conference showdown at Woodbury High School. With the win, Park improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the SEC this season. Hajovy, a senior attacker, has now scored five of Park's goals this season. Woodbury, which was ranked 11th in Class AA into the game, fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the SEC with the loss. Park now holds a 2-1-2 over Woodbury in their five head-to-head games since the 2008 season.
Going into a matchup with sixth-ranked Woodbury, East Ridge girls soccer head coach Mark Abboud told his team it had to pay attention on set pieces and balls played over the top.
Woodbury jumped all over the East Ridge boys soccer team Wednesday in the first half and ran away with a 4-0 Suburban East Conference victory at East Ridge High School. The Royals (2-2, 1-0 SEC) went up 3-0 in the first half and added another goal in the second half.
For the past three seasons, the East Ridge girls cross country team has been on an upward trajectory. In its first meet this year, the Raptors picked up right where they left off. To kick off 2012, the East Ridge girls took first place out of 31 teams at the season-opening St. Olaf High School Showcase on Aug. 31 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. "We are happy with the strong start and the hard work this summer paid off," East Ridge head coach Chad Cronin said. "We had a lot running in the summer club and beyond.
Arguably the most successful team in East Ridge's first three years of existence returns to the field of play this fall. The East Ridge girls cross country team - which has qualified for the state meet the past two seasons - is back, boasting a lineup full of experienced, high-end runners.
A new head coach at East Ridge hopes a core of promising newcomers mixed with senior leadership will give the Raptors volleyball team another state berth. This fall, the East Ridge volleyball team is seeking its second trip to the state tournament in three years, but it will do it with yet another new head coach - East Ridge's third head coach in the past four seasons. The Raptors, led by first-year coach Erin Nickleby, begin their season Thursday, Aug. 30, at Apple Valley's Eastview High School.
East Ridge head coach Jon Rydberg returns for a fourth season at the helm of the Raptors girls tennis team armed with a roster full of underclassmen. Off a 9-9 overall season last year, East Ridge has only one senior in its projected lineup entering this fall. "We have decent depth on our team, but almost all will be playing new positions this year and many are very young," Rydberg said.
Even before it hit the pool, the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team was dealt a blow when it learned it would be without standout diver Jenna Karrow for the 2012 season. Karrow, the 2010 state diving champion and 2011 runner-up, will be forced to sit out her senior year with a back injury. This fall, East Ridge will also be without 100-yard backstroke record holder Melanie Rabino and 200-yard individual medley record holder Rachel Treadway.
With the bevy of soccer talent throughout south Washington County, the East Ridge girls soccer team hasn't had to struggle out of the gate like some other start-ups might have. In its first three seasons East Ridge is a combined 40-16-2 and already has one state tournament appearance. Last year's squad had the best record in team history, going 14-4 overall and finished third in the Suburban East Conference with a 6-3 league mark. The only two teams above the Raptors in the final conference standings were fellow District 833 schools.