Girls' soccer team opens EVC play with loss to Berlin

The Ripon High School girls’ soccer team opened its Eastern Valley Conference season Tuesday with a 6-1 road loss to rival Berlin.

It began the game playing into a stiff wind and struggled to get out of its own side of the field.

The Indians mostly settled for the strategy of knocking the ball forward on one touch every time.

This put the Tiger defense under pressure, but the defenders and goalkeeper Alissa Balke shut down Berlin for much of the first half.

Unfortunately, a missed clearance finally gave the Indians a great chance for an opening goal, and they did not miss.

After this, Ripon to into the attacking third of the field a bit more and even set Nalani Amsden free for a one-on-one with the keeper.

She slowed down to set herself for a shot, but a Berlin defender was able to get a foot on the ball.

Unable to get the goal, they were looking for, the Tigers pressed a little too hard and twice opened themselves up to counterattacks as speedy Berlin forwards got into half-field races with Ripon defenders and then scored.

Read the full story, which includes information on a 1-1 draw with Omro, in the April 24, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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