RAHS girls soccer playing catch-up

After winning only three games in 2014, the Roseville Area High School girls soccer team has a new coach and a new system this fall. The Raiders are hoping to show improvement over last season but that might not necessarily translate into more victories.

Head coach James Cave said his team still has plenty of work to do to be able to keep up with the elite teams in the conference and section.

"Even if we really dramatically improve, we still have such a hard conference and such a hard section that we might not see it in the win column," said Cave, who came to Roseville after coaching the boys team at Irondale. "Our objective is to get better and the wins will take care of themselves."

Roseville won its season opener last week but also did that a year ago and went on to finish with a record of 3-14.

"It's going to be a challenge," Cave said. "Every win, every goal has to be earned. We're taking no one for granted."

The Raiders are relatively young with only six seniors and four juniors on the roster. Those who were on the team last year were welcomed with a whole new system.

"It's a dramatically different system," Cave said. "We have to work to shore up our defense. They gave up way too many goals last year."

Among the retuning players are senior captains Annika Benson, Echo Hawton and Abby Jackson and junior captain Kaia Porter.

"They've been like sponges," said Cave. "Whatever we're telling them, they're absorbing. We’ve got good senior leadership; I've been pleased with that."

Roseville opened the season with a pair of matches last week. The Raiders kicked off the season with a 3-1 victory over Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village as Kaylee Nelson, Annika Schmidt and Porter tallied goals. Nelson’s came off of a corner kick, Schimidt scored on a breakaway off of a pass from Kallie Tuominen and Porter’s goal came on a penalty kick.

Two days later, Roseville hit the road for a match at fifth-ranked Centennial, which was a state-tournament team a year ago. The Cougars blanked Roseville 2-0.

The Raiders are back in action twice this week with a trip to Hastings on Tuesday and a home match against North St. Paul on Thursday.

Round-up

In addition to girls soccer, a number of other RAHS teams had their first competitions of the season last week and things went pretty well for those squads.

The Roseville boys soccer team picked up a pair of wins in its first week. The Raiders blitzed Concordia Academy 10-2 on Thursday and then won 3-1 at Centennial on Saturday afternoon. They host Eastview on Tuesday for their only action this week.

Roseville's volleyball team opened 2015 at the Side Out Classic on Saturday at Hopkins High School and came away with a straight-sets win over Minnetonka. The Raiders downed the Skippers 25-14, 25-16, 25-21.

Roseville has one match on the docket this week as it travels to North St. Paul on Thursday.

Both Roseville cross country teams ran in the Central Open on Friday at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul. The girls team took first place over seven other teams while the boys squad was fifth out of seven.

Leading the way for the Raiders girls was senior Sarah Conlon, who finished third overall, and sophomore Samantha Kurkowski, who finished fourth. The boys’ team’s top finisher was freshman Daniel Lee, who crossed the finish line in 13th place.

Both teams are back in action on Friday but at different events. The boys team is running at Rosemount High School while the girls' meet is at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

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


2015 Roseville Area High School girls soccer schedule
Aug. 27    vs. SLP/SAV    3-1 W
Aug. 29    at Centennial    2-0 L
Sept. 1    at Hastings    7 p.m.
Sept. 3    vs. North St. Paul    7 p.m.
Sept. 10    vs. Woodbury    5 p.m.
Sept. 12    vs. Blake    2 p.m.
Sept. 14    vs. Park-Cottage Grove    7 p.m.
Sept. 17    at Mounds View    5 p.m.
Sept. 19    vs. St. Louis Park    1 p.m.
Sept. 22    at Forest Lake    5 p.m.
Sept. 29    vs. East Ridge    7 p.m.
Oct. 1    vs. Cretin-Derham Hall    7 p.m.
Oct. 3    at Irondale    12 p.m.
Oct. 6    at White Bear Lake    5 p.m.
Oct. 8    at Stillwater    5 p.m.
Oct. 10    at Bloomington Kennedy    12 p.m.

 

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