Cretin-Derham Hall attacker Megan Reis scored three goals in the first half Tuesday night to help lead the Raiders to an 8-4 win over Park of Cottage Grove. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Cretin-Derham Hall junior goalie Kaelie Smith scoops up the ball to extinguish a Park of Cottage Grove scoring chance in the first half. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Both Cretin-Derham Hall and Park of Cottage Grove entered Tuesday night’s clash undefeated in the Suburban East Conference. The Raiders (5-2, 5-0), are the only team that can claim that now, as they were able to hand the Wolfpack (7-1, 4-1) their first loss of the season in an 8-4 home win.
The game was tightly contested, which you would expect from two league rivals jockeying for the top spot in the Suburban East. No team was able to pull away from the other, as the game ebbed-and-flowed, with each team trading goals and momentum until the second half.
The turning point came with 8:18 left in the game, when the Wolfpack called a timeout with possession in their own defensive zone. The Raiders, ranked no. 5 in the state coaches' poll, applied heavy pressure off the set piece and Maya Quigley scored what would be the game-winning goal. The Raiders scored three goals in a minute and 23-second span to take a 7-4 lead, which secured the victory.
Megan Reis was the star of the game for the Raiders, scoring all three of her team’s goals in the first half. She made key defensive plays in the midfield as well to control the pace of the game.
The Wolfpack finished with four goals from four different players. Mandy Elton stood out with a goal and an assist.
Wolfpack junior Kayla Quade is pressured by the Raiders' Sophia Wackman during the first half Tuesday. Quade finished with a goal, one of four different scorers for Park in its 8-4 loss at Cretin Derham Hall. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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