Raiders girls soccer off to a fast start

Second-year head coach James Cave felt coming into the season that his Roseville Area High School girls soccer team had a chance to improve this fall. In order to do that, the Raiders needed to make hay in the non-conference portion of the schedule and through three games they’ve done just that.

Roseville kicked off the season by winning its first three games and appears to have found a way to generate more offense. The Raiders scored four goals in their first three games last season and have bumped that number up to 10 this year.

“We’re confident that we can increase our scoring,” Cave said prior to Roseville’s season opener against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village. “I’m hoping for a fast start like we had last year.”

Roseville beat the Panthers 2-0 on Aug. 25 and followed that up with a 4-2 victory over Bloomington Jefferson on Aug. 27.

The match against Jefferson, dubbed the “Black and Blue Derby,” took place at Dakota County Technical College and even involved a trophy for the victors.

Roseville ran its winning streak to three games with a 4-0 win over Hastings on Aug. 30. 

Through three games, senior captains Kaia Porter and Megan Eklund lead the team in goals and points with three and four each, respectively. Junior Annika Schmidt and freshman Kallie Tuominen have a goal and an assist each. 

Also scoring goals for the Raiders in the first three games were senior Molly Ryan and freshman Ellie King. Recording assists thus far are sophomores Alice Feist and Drea Barnes and senior Beatrice Munk.

The goalkeeping duties have fallen to sophomore Michelle Gontarek early in the season. She allowed two goals, made eight saves and recorded two shutouts through three games.

Roseville’s fourth game of the season was against North St. Paul on Sept. 1, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. 

The Raiders have a pair of matches on the schedule this week, including their Suburban East Conference opener at Woodbury on Sept. 8. Roseville then plays at Tartan on Sept. 10.

The conference schedule was rough on Roseville in 2015 as it went 0-7-1. Cave expects the conference to be tough once again this season but is hopeful that his squad can pick up a few victories.

 

Roseville boys

The Raiders boys went into Labor Day weekend with a 2-0 record after victories over Centennial and Eastview.

Roseville topped Centennial 2-1 on Aug. 25 and followed that up with a 4-3 win over Eastview on Aug. 30. Eastview began the season ranked 10th in the Class AA coaches poll.

The Raiders have a busy week on tap with three games scheduled. They visit third-ranked Wayzata on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and open Suburban East Conference action on Thursday, Sept. 8, with a trip to Woodbury. Roseville returns home on Saturday, Sept. 10, for a 1 p.m., non-conference match against Eagan.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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