East Ridge girls soccer: Raptors scoreless streak hits four games, fall to 1-7-1East Ridge’s scoring drought stretched to four games Tuesday after a 1-0 loss to Roseville at East Ridge High School.
By: Nick Gerhardt, Woodbury Bulletin
East Ridge’s scoring drought stretched to four games Tuesday after a 1-0 loss to Roseville at East Ridge High School.
The Raptors went four games without a goal since a 2-0 victory over Hill-Murray on Sept. 4 in Woodbury and have just five goals in nine games this season.
East Ridge head coach Mark Abboud said the loss to Roseville was one of the better games this season for the team, but a second-half goal from the Raiders proved the difference maker.
“It was the most lopsided game we’ve played all season,” Abboud said of the Suburban East Conference contest.
The Raptors (1-7-1, 0-6-1 SEC) controlled the run of play for the majority of game, but Roseville pumped in a goal midway through the second half, despite having just one shot on goal, Abboud said.
Abboud has tried to bolster the East Ridge attack through formation shifts and moving players into different positions, but without much success. The Raptors added a forward and have tried to push a defender into the midfield on the attack to create an advantage.
But with Payton Goulding, Kari Solheim and Mariah Troje out, finding goals has been a struggle. Troje finished second on the team in scoring last season while Goulding and Solheim bolster the attack with their play-making ability.
“For the morale we need to get into the scoring column,” Abboud said.
East Ridge finally got into the scoring column on Thursday against White Bear Lake, but still fell 2-1 in White Bear Lake. The Bears (10-1-1; 5-0 SEC) are currently undefeated in the SEC and ranked sixth in Class AA.
Next, the Raptors will play Mounds View Thursday in Woodbury.