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Park boys soccer: Wolfpack falls 2-0 to East Ridge

Park midfielder Jake Lanik tries to get past East Ridge defender Alec Tostenrud Thursday at Cottage Grove. The Raptors scored twice 10 seconds apart in the second half for a 2-0 victory. (Bulletin photo by Nick Gerhardt)

The Park boys soccer team dropped a pair of 2-0 games last week.

Park kicked off Suburban East Conference play against rival East Ridge at Wolfpack Stadium on Thursday, falling 2-0 to the Raptors. Then, on Saturday, Park traveled to section foe Apple Valley and was edged 2-0 by the Eagles.

“We played a very good East Ridge team tight for the first 60 minutes and then we had a five minute letdown leading to two quick goals,” Park head coach Jason Arnebeck said.

Park (2-3; 0-1 SEC) nearly scored the first goal of the match against East Ridge (4-0; 1-0 SEC) on a nice combination play resulting in Peyton Boich finding the net on the weak side, but he was offside on the play.

Against Apple Valley, Park had firm control of the match for the first 60 minutes and earned a penalty kick in the 60th minute and couldn’t convert. Two minutes later the Eagles (1-3-1) put in two quick goals and broke Park’s spirit.

“We’re still maturing as a varsity team and have to work on being mentally tougher in the second half of matches,” Arnebeck said. “If we catch a bad break as a contest wears on, we have to recognize that we are doing many things well and need to continue to focus on our attention to detail for twenty more minutes. This is a very talented team with a lot of room for improvement and we are poised to surprise teams in the Suburban East this month.”

Park took on rival Woodbury (3-1; 1-0 SEC) on Tuesday after the Bulletin went to print. The Wolfpack welcomes Forest Lake (2-6; 0-1 SEC) to Cottage Grove on Thursday, Sept. 12.

—Patrick Johnson

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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