The Ripon Tiger boys’ soccer team knew Winneconne was going to be a tough match-up Tuesday.
Couple that with a couple starters being out with injuries or illness and it was even more difficult.
Despite being short-handed against a superior team, the Tigers stayed with the Wolves, before falling 4-0 in Winneconne.
“For guys playing out of position, it was a great effort by the team,” Ripon head coach Kyle Sackett said, noting Aidan Schoff and Noah Rindo didn’t play and Logan Gress was only able to play 10 minutes. “We kept it respectable.”
The Tigers (0-2 conference, 3-3 overall) did better than that for the first 40-plus minutes as they did not allow a goal.
But the Wolves finally got on the board with a couple minutes left before halftime of the 90-minute contest and poured it on in the second half with a trio of goals.
“It opened up the floodgates a little bit and guys were getting more fatigued having that short-handed bench …,” Sackett said of the first goal. “We had to have a few guys step up and play varsity who haven’t really had to step in yet this year, which showed a little bit with the inexperience Winneconne took advantage of.”
One of the players who kept the game closer than it could have been for Ripon was Quinn Gilfillan.
The junior made approximately 15 saves in his season debut. He missed the first five games of the year with a wrist injury.
Read the full story, which includes information about a tournament in Berlin and a game against KML, in the Sept. 3, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.