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Boys Soccer: New Life Academy falls to Maranatha Academy

Woodbury Case Keesling looks down to find the ball before the East Ridge defenders reach the ball. Woodbury fell to East Ridge on Tuesday night with a 2-1 final score. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 4
East Ridge Cullen Featherstone looks for an open teammate as he blocks out a Woodbury defender from the ball. The Raptors took the 2-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Woodbury Nate Hansen protects the ball from the East Ridge defender. The Royals lost to the Raptors on Tuesday night with a 2-1 final score. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 4
East Ridge Drew Kansas kicks the ball out of the Raptors side of the field in the first half of Tuesday night's game. East Ridge defeated Woodbury 2-1. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 4

Friday night

Maranatha/West Lutheran 11, New Life Academy 0

Maranatha/West Lutheran got into rhythm early and carried it throughout the entire game with six goals in the first half and five goals in the second half.

New Life will host St. Agnes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.

Thursday night

Cretin-Derham Hall 3, Park 2

It took extra time on Thursday night, but Park wasn't able to get the needed goal to earn the win over Cretin-Derham Hall. It was a close game with two goals being scored by each team in the first half.

The second half had zero scoring on both sides, which resulted in overtime where Cretin-Derham Hall found the back of the net first to earn the victory.

Park will host Farmington at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.

Tuesday night

East Ridge 2, Woodbury 1

It was a windy night at the Nest at East Ridge High School, so when the Raptors went into halftime tied 0-0 there was a positive feeling between the players.

They knew the defense had kept Woodbury off the board and East Ridge was going to have the wind in its advantage starting the second half.

"You can't control the wind," said East Ridge junior midfielder Cullen Featherstone. "Luckily, we were able to use the wind to get a couple of the goals."

Those two East Ridge goals were enough to come out with the 2-1 victory over rival Woodbury on Tuesday night.It also gave the Raptors another conference win, which Featherstone knows how important each conference win can be in the Suburban East Conference.

The first goal of the evening took place with 27:03 left in the second half as a free kick went near the goalie box. There were a handful of players from each team going up to try and make the save or the goal, but the collision took out the Woodbury goalie Scott Sampson. While he was down, Featherstone found a way to get the ball in the back of the net to give the Raptors a 1-0 lead.

About 10 minutes later, Cade Keesling kicked the ball in the exact position for Devin Padelford to have a clear opening for a goal. Padelford found the net and was able to tie the game at 1-1 with 18:27 left in the game.

After those two goals, the defenses started to show their strength in a similar fashion as the first half. All signs were pointing towards a possible overtime game between two rivals, especially after Woodbury hit the crossbar with one of its shots at the eight-minute mark.

With 6:04 left in the game, East Ridge had a corner kick opportunity. As Reese Dodd kicked the corner kick, Chris Duliere found an opening right next to the net. The ball came directly his way and he used his head to knock the ball past the goalie for the 2-1 lead and, eventually, the final score.

Woodbury head coach Joe Quintavalle wasn't happy with how the Royals played against Prior Lake and wanted to see more intensity. He saw that tonight and was happy with the steps taken in the right direction.

"I thought be played well, played hard," Quintavalle said. "We had a chance to tie or win the game tonight."

Woodbury will travel to Mounds View on Thursday, September 13 at 5 p.m. before coming back home on Saturday, September 15 at 1 p.m. to host North St. Paul.

East Ridge has Thursday off and will prepare for the Trojans from Wayzata as the Raptors travel to Wayzata on Saturday, September 15 at 1 p.m.

"We have a lot of grit," Featherstone said. "It might not have been the prettiest goals, but we got it done and got the win."

Monday night

Concordia Academy-Roseville 4, New Life Academy 0

Concordia Academy hosted New Life Academy on Monday night and was able to score two goals in the first half and another two goals in the second half to finish the game 4-0 over the Eagles.

Tony Hector from Concordia Academy finished the game with two goals, both coming from the first half.

New Life will play at PACT Charter on Tuesday, September 11 before finishing the week with Marantha/West Lutheran on Friday, September 14 at Noble Sports Park.

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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