Prep soccer season coming to a close

The high school soccer regular season has reached its final week and the teams from Roseville Area High School are getting in their last workouts and matches before the section playoffs begin next week. Here's a look at where each squad stands.

RAHS boys

After upsetting second-ranked Minnetonka on Sept. 26, the Raiders jumped up to No. 5 in the Class AA state coaches poll. That meant there was a huge target on their backs heading into last week's slate of games.

Roseville showed some jitters in the first half of its first game as a ranked team as East Ridge swarmed on Sept. 29. The Raptors scored the first goal of the game less than six minutes into the match.

The Raiders weathered the first-half storm, evening out the scoring chances in the second half, but still trailed as the minutes ticked away late. That's when senior co-captain Hsinku Lay uncorked a blast from about 30 yards and beat the East Ridge keeper with 2:43 left.

Neither team mustered much offense over the final few minutes of regulation and overtime and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Next up for the Raiders was a match-up with Suburban East Conference leader Cretin-Derham Hall. The Raiders from St. Paul proved too much and pulled out a 2-1 victory.

Roseville closed out the week by celebrating senior day on Saturday. Minneapolis Southwest was the opponent and name of the game that afternoon was defense. Neither team could find the back of the net and the matched ended in a 0-0 tie.

The Raiders wrap up the regular season with a pair of conference road games this week. They travel to White Bear Lake on Tuesday and Stillwater on Thursday and both games kick off at 7 p.m.

Next week marks the beginning of the section playoffs. Based on the QRF rankings at Minnesota-scores.net, Roseville needs a strong showing this week to move up high enough to get a first-round home match. The Raiders are currently fifth in Section 5AA, one spot behind Champlin Park in the overall Class AA QRF rankings.

Park Center is third in all of Class AA in the QRF and Prairie Seeds Academy is sixth.

Regardless of where they are seeded, the Raiders open the post-season on Oct. 15.

RAHS girls

Following a 4-2 start to the season, the Raiders have fallen on hard times as of late. Roseville enters the final week of the regular season having lost its last seven matches and has scored only four goals in that stretch.

Roseville is on the road for all three matches this week, which starts with a trip to White Bear Lake on Tuesday. The Raiders play at Stillwater on Thursday and at Bloomington Kennedy on Saturday at noon.

Wins over White Bear Lake and Stillwater could enhance Roseville's chances at moving up in the seeding for the Section 4AA playoffs that begin next week. Based on the QRF, the Raiders are looking at a seventh seed but victories over White Bear and Stillwater could bump them up to fifth. Moving into fourth and a first-round home match looks like a tall order.

Roseville's first playoff game will be Oct. 13.

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

 

 

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