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Girls Soccer: East Ridge advance to 4AA section championship

Sophomore midfielder Paige Pedersen dribbles the ball down the field and finds the open teammate. East Ridge defeated North St. Paul 6-0 in the first round of the section tournament. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Senior defender Delaney Goertzen gets a free kick for the Raptors as East Ridge defeats North St. Paul 6-0 in the first round of the section tournament. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The Raptors are one game away from reaching one of their goals this season. With a 2-1 win over White Bear Lake on Saturday night, East Ridge is one game away from the state tournament.

The two goals for top-seeded the Raptors came from Mackenzie Werner and Maddie Majewski. The win puts East Ridge into the section championship against No. 2 seed Stillwater.

East Ridge had two losses during the regular season and one of them came from Stillwater in a 2-0 final at East Ridge on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The Raptors will hope to get some revenge on that game as they play for a spot at the state tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.


East Ridge 6, North St. Paul 0

Being a No. 1 seed in the section tournament has its advantages and disadvantages.

The East Ridge girls soccer team will be facing that reality this upcoming week as the Raptors are the No. 1 seed in the 4AA section tournament.

One of the biggest advantages is the team faces lower seeds until later in the tournament, but one of the biggest disadvantages is that every team wants to beat the No. 1 seed.

East Ridge came into Thursday's opening round game with the mindset that each team wants to beat the No. 1 seed. The Raptors also knew this could be the last game of the season if they didn't win.

That mentality and approach to the game helped East Ridge earn the 6-0 victory over North St. Paul. This win allows the Raptors to play another game and take one step closer towards their goal of reaching the state tournament.

"We know that each game now is do or die," said Linnea. "We used our momentum from the end of the regular season into the section tournament and it's working really well for us."

East Ridge ended the regular season as Suburban East Conference champions, which was one of the Raptors' goals this season. Head coach Tim Bunnell said the conference championship was great to see, but he's happy to see the team scoring four or five goals each game.

On top of scoring six goals in the opening round, the Raptors also showed their defense by completing a shutout against North St. Paul on Thursday night.

"It'll be a tough couple of games ahead, but we can only look at one game at a time," Bunnell said. "I'm very proud of how the girls played today."

Bloomington Kennedy 3, New Life Academy 2

It was a close game, but New Life Academy's girls soccer season came to an end on Thursday night as the Eagles fell to Bloomington Kennedy with a 3-2 final score.

The Eagles will end their season with a 7-6-2 regular season record and a 5-1-1 conference record. That record was good enough to finish second in the conference.


Eagan 3, Park 0

The Wolfpack weren't able to get past Eagan in the first round of the 3AA section tournament on Tuesday night falling 3-0. The loss ends Park's season after a 2-14 regular season and an 0-8 conference record.

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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