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Park girls soccer: Wolfpack beats East Ridge, stays unbeaten

Park senior Temi Ogunrinde scored lone goal as the Wolfpack topped rival East Ridge 1-0 on Thursday at Wolfpack Stadium to remain undefeated to start the 2013 season. (Submitted photo by Scott Briggs)

The Park girls soccer team stayed perfect last week.

Park topped district and Suburban East Conference rival East Ridge 1-0 on Thursday at Wolfpack Stadium to remain undefeated to start the 2013 season.

Park senior Temi Ogunrinde provided the game’s lone goal off a pass from senior Katelyn Floysand to lift the Wolfpack to the win. Park junior goalie Emily Lange made four saves for the shutout win over the Raptors (3-1; 0-1 SEC).

Perennially known for its defense, Park (6-0; 1-0 SEC) has not allowed a goal yet this season, outscoring its opponents 11-0 on the way to a 6-0 record.

It’s the second straight season Park has gotten off to a hot start.

The Wolfpack began last season 8-0-1 before going 1-3-2 in its final six regular-season games. Park finished 11-4-3 and reached the Section 3AAA championship game. However, the season ended in heartbreak, with a shootout loss to Eastview in the finals.

Park has been to three section finals in the past five years. In each of those championships, it has played Eastview and in every of those games Eastview has beaten the Wolfpack in a shootout.

In last year’s section final, Park — the No. 2 seed — was denied its first trip to the state tournament in 20 years after top-seeded Eastview outscored the Wolfpack 3-1 in a shootout to earn a trip to state. The state champion in 1990, Park hasn’t reached a state tournament since 1992.

Park didn’t allow a goal in its three section playoff games and allowed only 10 goals all season and a majority of the key players from last year’s squad return to the field for Park this season.

Park jumped up from 15th to 13th in the most recent Class AA state rankings following the win. The Wolfpack are the highest ranked team in the conference at this point. East Ridge was ranked fifth entering last week, however, is now unranked. Mounds View is ranked 14th and Woodbury is ranked 15th. Three Section 3AA teams are ranked above Park, however — No. 4 Eastview, No. 5 Burnsville and No. 12 Rosemount.

Park battled rival Woodbury (2-3; 1-0 SEC) on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to press.

The Wolfpack welcomes Forest Lake (5-1; 0-1 SEC) to Park High School on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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