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Girls Soccer: New Life earns close victory, East Ridge ties Eagan

East Ridge senior forward Linnea Yacovella races for the ball with Maddie Felton from Woodbury as the Raptors won 1-0 on Tuesday night. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 4
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Woodbury junior attacker Grace Douglas finds an open Royals teammate as East Ridge wins 1-0 on Tuesday night. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 4
East Ridge junior defense Katelin Reardon passes the ball to one of her teammates in the 1-0 win over Woodbury. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

Saturday afternoon/night

New Life Academy 3, Concordia Academy-Roseville 2

It was a back-and-forth day for New Life, but the Eagles were able to come out with the close 3-2 victory.

The win brings New Life’s record up to 4-3-1 on the season. The Eagles will travel to Heritage Christian at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, September 17.

The game on Monday will be one of three games in this busy week for New Life.

East Ridge 2, Eagan 2

It was a physical game between the two teams and it showed until the final horn in overtime. The Raptors had Linnea Yacovella score both goals for East Ridge and the tie brings its record to 7-1 on the season.

East Ridge will travel to Mounds View at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18. The Raptors are currently undefeated with a 2-0 conference record.

Hill-Murray 4, Park 0

The Wolfpack was shutout for its fourth straight game as Park falls to Hill-Murray on Saturday afternoon. Park will finish its three-game road trip at Roseville at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18.

After Tuesday, the Wolfpack will host Forest Lake and Woodbury before hitting the road again.

Thursday night

Cretin-Derham Hall 3, Park 0

Park wasn't able to get a goal against a tough Cretin-Derham Hall girls team, which drops the Wolfpack's record to 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in the conference.

Park will travel to Hill-Murray at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.

Tuesday night

East Ridge 1, Woodbury 0

It's a conference game, but it's also a game that both Woodbury and East Ridge players circle on their calendars.

The Raptors and Royals came together on Tuesday night for the rivalry game of the regular season. The rivalry was shown throughout the entire game with top notch defenses and only one goal being scored between the two teams.

That goal went to East Ridge early in the first half as Grace Thomas kicked the ball on a free kick as it went past Woodbury's goalkeeper Shweta Raje.

"You just got to take every chance you get," Thomas said. "We do well on set plays and you just hope you can find the back of the net."

The Raptors were able to find the back of the net on that particular play, but the defense took control of the rest of the game to keep it a 1-0 game and, eventually, win.

Linnea Yacovella and Thomas are seniors this season and getting a win over Woodbury was a goal of theirs heading into the season. On top of the rivalry win, the Raptors are 2-0 in conference games and those are the important games of the season.

East Ridge head coach Tim Bunnell and Woodbury head coach Pat Malicki both agreed that they looked at this game as a conference game and trying to improve their record by one more win.

The stands were packed though and the atmosphere felt more like a section game rather than a regular season with the community uniting at East Ridge High School for the evening.

Malicki is looking forward to Thursday night at Mounds View in hopes of the Royals' first conference win of the season and improving the conference record to 1-1.

"Sometimes we fall into the same pattern, so we're going to adjust that a little bit," Malicki said. "I look forward to getting back out there and having some fun on Thursday."

East Ridge will have Thursday off and get back to the field on Saturday as the Raptors host the Wildcats from Eagan. The Raptors have started the season 6-1 and the success is within the seniority and the "underdog" status.

"Most of the teams look at us as underdogs even though we were at state last season," Yacovella said. "It lights a fire under us and pushes us even more to earn each win, each week."

Monday night

New Life Academy 5, PACT Charter 0

The attacking and defending chemistry is starting to click and it's showing for the Eagles as they earned a 5-0 win on Monday night. This win evens out New Life's overall record as it increases to 3-3-1 on the season.

New Life will have the week off as it prepares for Concordia-Academy Roseville on Saturday, September 15 at the Healtheast Sports Complex at 11 a.m.

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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