Boys' soccer: Tigers rest regulars in loss to WLA

Elias Nelsen races past the Clintonville defenders on a breakaway opportunity Monday. He scored both of the team’s goals to help the Tigers defeat the Truckers 2-1.

There was a youth movement for the Ripon High School boys’ soccer team Tuesday night.

With the idea of saving their varsity regulars for the conference-finale against Freedom Thursday and the playoffs, which began Tuesday, the Tigers played many of their younger players against Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA).

The contest was played at the Fond du Lac Soccer Complex.

While they lost the non-conference match 10-1, Ripon head coach Don Bogdanske was pleased with the effort.

Seven of the goals Ripon allowed came in the final 20 or so minutes after fatigue kicked in.

“This may have been a loss but we are really proud of the way the guys played,” Bogdanske said. “They got plenty of varsity minutes, played a state caliber team, and as the official pointed out, they never gave up. Each of the players did an outstanding job at their position and it was not about the score; it was about the method of play and the experience gained.”

After WLA scored a goal in the opening minute, Ripon settled down and did a nice job of pressuring the ball, according to Bogdanske.

Read the full story, which includes information on a 2-1 win over Clintonville Monday, in the Oct. 4, 2012 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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