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Class 2A: No. 4 Stillwater girls topple No. 7 East Ridge in Suburban East showdown

By Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine, 09/24/18, 9:15PM CDT


Senior Megan Howard scored one of the Ponies' two first-half goals to hand the Raptors their first conference loss.

Stillwater senior Megan Howard (18) celebrated her goal in the opening minutes of the Ponies' 2-0 victory at East Ridge. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Stillwater players felt a sense of urgency as they entered the East Ridge stadium for a key Suburban East Conference game Tuesday.

The Ponies, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A state coaches’ poll, were coming off consecutive scoreless ties and just a night earlier had lost first place in the standings to the seventh-ranked host Raptors.

“We knew we had to come out hard,” said Ponies senior Megan Howard.

Stillwater's Dara Andringa (14) and Isabel Kothe (34) of East Ridge battle for the ball. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First report

Coming off back-to-back scoreless ties, Stillwater was hungry for a goal. And when the drought ended on senior Megan Howard's looping kick from the right sideline just two-and-a-half minutes into the game, the Ponies felt in control.

It was all Stillwater (9-1-3, 4-1-1) needed in a 2-0 victory at East Ridge (9-2-1, 4-1-0) that pushed the Ponies, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A state coaches' poll, back to the top of the Suburban East Conference standings with just a few regular-season games to play.

Freshman Maya Notch took advantage of a near-free shot from the top of the circle after a corner-kick rebound came her way with 13 seconds left in the first half to complete the scoring.

The No.7-2A Raptors lost for the first time in five conference games. 

Nya Dobier (15) helps freshman Maya Notch (green headband) celebrate Notch's goal at the end of the first half. It was the first career varsity goal for Notch. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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