The Ripon High School boys’ soccer team kicked off the season Tuesday, playing Campbellsport to a 1-1 tie at Ingalls Field in Ripon.
Find out what head coach Steve Nankervis had to say about the season prior to Tuesday’s game, which includes facing new competition, strengths, areas to improve and roster makeup.
#00 — Liam Gilfillan (Jr.), goalkeeper
#2 — Spencer Schultz (Jr.), midfielder
#3 — LeeRoy Cotton (Sr.), defender
#9 — Adam Banerjee (Jr.), midfielder
#10/0 — Hunter Cook (Sr.), defender/goalkeeper
#11 — Ryan Forslund (Sr.), midfielder
#13 — Isaac Whitrock (Jr.), midfielder
#15 — Dylan Kamin (So.), defender
#16 — Henry Walheim (Jr.), defender
#17 — Adrian Rivera (Sr.), forward/midfielder
#22 — Garrett Mitchell (Sr.), defender
#1/30 — Landon Shidell (So.), forward/goalkeeper
#4 — Collin Rieder (Fr.), forward
#5 — Conner Weckwerth (Fr.), midfielder
#6 — Zane Meyer (Fr.), forward
#7 — Kaiden Pollesch (So.), midfielder
#8 — Drew Kastenschmidt (Jr.), forward
#12 —Jules Messitte (Jr.), forward/midfielder
#14 — Delsoro Some (So.), forward
#19 — Justin Mildebrandt (Jr.), forward
#21 — Jon Muenchow (So.), forward/midfielder
#24 — Drnini Ahmedi (Fr.), midfielder/defender
Head coach: Steve Nankervis (Second year)
Assistant coach: Jordan Whitrock (first year, 2020 RHS graduate)
Nankervis: “Defensively, we’ll be solid. We didn’t lose much from the graduating class last year defensively, so the backline will be solid. Our midfield is pretty much the same as it was last year too.”
Areas to improve
Nankervis: “One thing we just need to find now is those two goal scorers that can take over a game. We’ve been rotating a few different people on some of those positions that could potentially score goals for us. We’re getting there, we’re developing them, so we’ll just kind of see after this first game against Campbellsport; that will tell me a lot about who actually has a nose for the goal.”
Nankervis: “The No. 1 goal is always to go out and compete, to put ourselves in a good position to be competitive and, obviously, have fun. And then, if the wins come that’s the bonus ... I think we should have a pretty solid team regardless of only having [a varsity team]. We’ve got a bunch of experience and enough athletes out there that we should definitely make some noise in the Flyway Conference.”
- Tuesday, March 30 — vs. Campbellsport, 4 p.m
- Tuesday, April 6 — vs. Clintonville, 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 7 — vs. Wayland Academy, 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 10 — at Waupun, 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 14 — vs. WLA, 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 17 — vs. Green Bay East, 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 21 — vs. North Fondy, 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 22 — at Columbus, 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 24 — vs. Waupun, 10 a.m.
- Monday, April 26 — vs. Lomira, 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 28 — at Mayville, 4:30 p.m.
- Monday, May 3 — at Campbellsport, 4:30 p.m
What did the coach say about the schedule?
Nankervis: “We’ve faced pretty much everyone on our schedule before in the past, with the exception of a couple teams. One would be Wayland Academy, who has been in the Flyway Conference traditionally; we’ve never seen them before or Green Bay East. But everyone else we played before in the past two or three years, so there is some familiarity there. The nice thing about it is of the 12 games that we have, eight of them are at home; we’re not going to be traveling a whole lot. And then also the games we do travel to, they’re pretty close, so that’s a nice thing that we don’t have to spend a whole lot of time on the bus getting to and from [games].”