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Boys Soccer: East Ridge advances to 4AA section championship

Senior Cade Keesling tries to get the ball around the Park defender on Tuesday night. Keesling had a big night scoring three goals as Woodbury won 4-1 over Park in the first round of the section tournament. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia

A different section game, but a similar score to Tuesday's win over Tartan as the Raptors defeated North St. Paul with a 3-0 final score on Thursday night.

The three goals came from Elden Serrato, Mitchell Watanabe and Brennan Featherstone. The win puts the Raptors in the section championship on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

East Ridge, the No. 2 seed in the section, will play at No. 1 seed Stillwater on Tuesday for a spot in the state tournament.

Stillwater 1, Woodbury 0

The Royals knew Stillwater's game on Thursday night was going to be close, but it ended on the wrong side for Woodbury as the Ponies won 1-0. Stillwater will advance to the section championship to play East Ridge on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Woodbury ends its season with an 8-4-2 regular season record and a 6-2 conference record. That record allowed the Royals to place second in the conference.

Tuesday night

Woodbury 4, Park 1

The rain kept coming all night on Tuesday as puddles became larger on the track surrounding the Woodbury field.

As the rain kept coming, senior Cade Keesling felt more and more comfortable. He knew it wasn't ideal conditions for soccer, but he's played in these conditions and knows how to handle the ball.

"The ball is going to move a little bit faster with the rain," Keesling said. "I just tried to use that speed to my advantage to get us the lead early."

He did just that as he scored not one, not two, but three goals in the game to give the Royals a 4-1 win over Park in the first round of the section tournament.

Head coach Joe Quintavalle told his team before the game that he wanted to keep the ball on the ground and push the tempo to hopefully score some early goals. Then, the team would need to focus on defense and make sure that zero balls were shot at goalie Scott Sampson.

There were a few balls kicked at Sampson, but he was able to stop all but one of them on Tuesday night.

The only shot that Sampson didn't get was from the leg of Matt Abebrese. He recorded the only goal for the Wolfpack on Tuesday night.

Quintavalle was happy with how the defense played, especially in these circumstances.

"This win is a confidence boost heading into the next round against a tough Stillwater team," Quintavalle said. "Hopefully we can take this momentum and play smart and effective on Thursday night."

The loss for Park on Tuesday ends its season as the Wolfpack finished with a regular season record of 6-8-1 as well as a 1-6-1 conference record.

East Ridge 3, Tartan 0

The Raptors started quick on Tuesday night against Tartan as they scored three goals in the first half. After a 3-0 lead at the half, East Ridge completed the shutout as the Raptors won the first round of the section tournament with a 3-0 final score.

Simley 10, New Life Academy 1

The New Life Academy boys soccer season came to an end on Tuesday night as the Eagles fell to Simley 10-1 in the first round of the section tournament.

The Eagles ended the regular season with a record of 1-13-1 along with a conference record of 1-7.

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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