It was a fun bus ride home for the East Ridge boys soccer team on Thursday, Sept. 9, as the Raptors earned the first Suburban East Conference victory in program history after coming from behind to win 2-1 at Roseville.
"Roseville is a very good team, but we stuck it out and got a win," coach Phil Walczak said.
The Raiders led 1-0 at half, but East Ridge rallied to knot the score on a goal by freshman attacker Won-Suk Chung midway through the second frame.
While it appeared that the Raptors were headed for a second-straight SEC draw with just 20 seconds to play, junior defender Nate Thao fired home the deciding goal off sophomore defender Luke Featherstone's corner kick -- with an assist going to junior defender Erik Jorgensen -- as East Ridge suddenly and sweetly found itself on the happy side of an historic victory.
Roseville fell to 3-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC in defeat.
"We were fortunate," Walczak said. "It feels pretty good."
The Raptors went 0-9 against the SEC in their inaugural season last fall, but this season, the squad is unbeaten in two conference games counting Thursday's win coupled with a 0-0 tie versus White Bear Lake in the league opener last week.
East Ridge has already matched its overall win and point total from last season when the club went 2-14-1 as the Roseville victory pushed the Raptors' unbeaten string to three games and gave the team a 2-3-1 record thus far in 2010.
Next up for East Ridge is a home contest against SEC foe Mounds View on Wednesday, Sept. 15, in The Raptors' Nest.