East Ridge junior defender Chris Duliere marks Woodbury sophomore attacker Devin Padelford late in the first half Tuesday night at East Ridge High School. The host Raptors beat Woodbury 2-1. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Early in the second half of Tuesday’s match between Woodbury and East Ridge, a hockey-like scrum broke out in front of the Royals’ net. All that could be seen was a crowd of players from both sides. Then, suddenly, the ball rolled slowly into the back of the net.
The Raptor crowd and players celebrated, but it wasn’t clear who scored the goal. That didn’t matter, however. What mattered was East Ridge had gone ahead 1-0.
Senior captains and midfielders Drew Kansas (East Ridge) and Josh Miller (Woodbury) chase down the ball. East Ridge scored twice in the second half to topple Woodbury 2-1. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
With the score tied 1-1 late in the second half of Tuesday’s game between East Ridge and Woodbury, Raptors junior defender Chris Duliere headed in a corner kick to give East Ridge a 2-1 home victory over its Suburban East Conference and crosstown rival.
The Raptors and Royals played a quiet first half, combining for six shots on net in the opening 40 minutes.
The Raptors, ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute when junior midfield Cullen Featherstone rolled one in while in the midst of a crowd of players from both teams.
Woodbury (1-2-2) responded in the 61st minute as sophomore attacker Devin Padelford kicked one in past Raptor sophomore goalkeeper Nick Wagner to tie the game at 1.
Wagner came up big for East Ridge (4-0-2) in the second half, stopping five shots to help hold off a furious Woodbury rally in the final minutes to finish with seven saves. Royals senior goalie Scott Sampson also dazzled with 10 saves in the match.
East Ridge junior defender Reese Dodd fights for control of the ball near the sideline with Woodbury's Josh Miller (right) and Devin Padelford in pursuit. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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