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Boys' soccer: Raptors top Wolfpack to advance to section semfinal

Players from both teams, including East Ridge's Grant Tostenrud (10) and Park's Will Rustad (23) and Jacob Kayfes (26), scramble for the ball at midfield in the first half Oct. 10. John Molene / contributor1 / 4
Park's Tyler Mierva and East Ridge's Reese Dodd tussle for a high ball in the first half. John Molene / contributor 2 / 4
Graham Phipps of the Raptors tries to dribble up field against the defense of Park midfielder Tyler Mierva. John Molene / contributor 3 / 4
East Ridge and Park players battle for the ball in front of the Park goal in the first half of the Tuesday, Oct. 10, quarterfinal game. East Ridge scored twice in the second half for a 2-0 win to advance in the section playoffs. John Molene / contributor4 / 4

Eighth-ranked East Ridge broke away from a stubborn Park team to advance to the Section 4AA boys soccer semifinals.

The Raptors and Wolfpack were tied 0-0 at the half, but East Ridge pushed across a pair of second-half goals from senior Grant Tostenrud for a 2-0 victory.

Senior goalie Jake Wagner recorded a shutout in goal for the Raptors.

Senior midfielder Nate Casas had assists on both of Tostenrud’s goals.

“The overall match was well played by both teams,” said East Ridge coach Anthony Bidwell. “Park came in with high energy and a game plan to thwart our offensive tactics. But we were able to breakthrough in the second half with finding the net twice and missing a penalty kick.”

East Ridge (10-3-2) will host crosstown rival and third-seeded Woodbury (11-3) on Thursday in a match starting at 5 p.m. The 10th-ranked Royals thrashed Hastings 8-0 to advance to the section semifinals.

In the regular-season match between the two schools this season, East Ridge scored a 5-0 win.

Top-seeded Stillwater (14-1-2) crushed Tartan 6-0 and fifth-seeded White Bear Lake (7-7-3) topped North St. Paul 3-1 in the other section quarterfinals. The section finals will be held Oct. 17.

Seventh-seeded Park ended its season with a 3-11-1 record.