East Ridge boys soccer: Raptors take down Blaze, open season 3-0
The East Ridge boys soccer team got the result it wanted, but left plenty to be desired Friday in a 2-0 victory over Burnsville at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.
The Raptors (3-0) seemingly did just enough to pick up their third consecutive victory to start the season against the Blaze. Sophomore Bailey Barjesteh scored his first career varsity goal in the 21st minute and sophomore Jarrod Ronquillo added a goal in the 46th minute, his second of the season.
“It was just low energy from the start of the game to the end of the game,” East Ridge head coach Anthony Bidwell said. “I didn’t think either team brought the energy tonight to play a high level game. Nonetheless there’s something to be said about a result and they got that.”
The Raptors controlled possession for most of the game and had the majority of dangerous scoring chances, but too often missed the mark or failed to find a shot. The offense will come around with time, Bidwell said.
“I believe scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in the game of soccer and that will come,” Bidwell said. “A lot of it comes from game experience, talking it through and then, yes, we’ll train it when the time comes.”
Barjesteh scored on a swift passing combination and put a shot on goal toward the far post that found the back of the net. Ronquillo’s goal came on a rebound off a corner kick in the second half.
Bidwell admitted there wasn’t as many passing combinations in the run of play to set up dangerous attacks against Burnsville.
“This team – they’re not one to rest on their laurels and they’re always looking at areas for improvement,” Bidwell said. “They want to get better and that’s something we’re looking for as a coaching staff.”
The Blaze looked their most dangerous early in the second half where they sustained pressure on the East Ridge defense, but few chances challenged senior goalkeeper Chris Knight.
Both teams played physically throughout the game, but the second half developed into a constant stream of yellow cards. Each team received three yellow cards a piece.
The Raptors open conference play Thursday against Park in Cottage Grove.