Roseville proves a point in win over Southwest

The Roseville Area High School boys soccer team went into its Section 6AA quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon looking to prove a point. The game, against Minneapolis Southwest, took place on the Lakers' home field because they were seeded higher by a vote of the section coaches.

The fifth-seeded Raiders felt a bit slighted by the seeding snub and wanted to prove that they deserved better than playing at fourth-seeded Southwest.

"We felt we had done enough to earn the higher seed," Roseville head coach Agapitos Papagapitos said.

They did enough on Thursday to keep their season alive for at least one more game. After 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, Roseville clinched the victory with a 5-3 advantage in the shootout.

Roseville got shootout goals from Alex Hinrichs, Festus Lamin, Jose Andres-Galicia, Lionel Vang and Tony Tume. Southwest beat Raiders' goalkeeper Jordan Burich in the first three rounds of the shootout before missing wide on attempt No. 4. That made Tume's goal the game-winner.

In regulation, both teams had few chances although Roseville was presented with a big break in the second half. The Raiders played the final 18 minutes of regulation and overtime with one more player that Southwest after the Lakers' Adam Ulring was sent off on a red card. Ulring's takedown of Tume resulted in the ejection but Roseville was unable to take advantage of the situation.

"I think (the red card) energized (Southwest) a little bit," Papagapitos said. "Maybe we lost a little focus and they were most dangerous after they lost a player."

The victory sends Roseville to the section semifinals for the second consecutive season. The Raiders' next match is Saturday at 1 p.m. against top-seeded and sixth-ranked Minneapolis South with the match taking place at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School.

Despite playing a high-caliber team like South, Papagapitos expects his team to be ready.

"We're not afraid to play any team," Papagapitos said. "We did not have our best game today. Maybe we were saving it for Saturday."

This is the second straight season that Roseville, as the fifth seed, upset the fourth seed on the road to face Minneapolis South in the semifinals. A year ago, Roseville knocked off St. Louis Park in the quarterfinals before dropping a 3-1 decision to the Tigers in the second round.

Section 6AA boys soccer playoffs Quarterfinals Minneapolis South 2, Robbinsdale Cooper 0 Roseville 0, Minneapolis Southwest 0 (Roseville wins shootout 5-3) Wayzata 3, Hopkins 0 St. Louis Park 2, Robbinsdale Armstrong 1

Semifinals, Saturday, 1 p.m. Roseville vs. Minneapolis South at Minneapolis Roosevelt Wazyata at St. Louis Park

Championship, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.

RAHS girls fall

Roseville's girls soccer team saw its season come to an end on Thursday. The third-seeded Raiders fell to second-seeded and fourth-ranked Centennial 3-1 in the Section 5AA semifinals.

Roseville reached the second round by virtue of its shootout victory over Champlin Park on Tuesday.

The Raiders finished the season 10-7-1.

Section 5AA girls soccer playoffs Quarterfinals Osseo 3, Maple Grove 2, OT Irondale 1, Mounds View 0 Roseville 1, Champlin Park 0, shootout Centennial 6, Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village 1

Semifinals Irondale 3, Osseo 2 Centennial 3, Roseville 1

Championship, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Irondale at Centennial

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