The last time the Ripon High School girls’ soccer team faced rival Berlin, Liz Stanfield was in goal for the Tigers notching a shutout.
Tuesday, she was putting the ball into the back of the net.
The senior, who took one for the team last season and played goalkeeper, tallied a hat trick in the Tigers’ 5-1 home win over the Indians on a cold and rainy day.
The hat trick is the first for Ripon since April 16, 2012, when Savannah Skamra scored three goals in a 4-0 victory over Wautoma.
“She’s a senior, she’s put four years now into this program and for her to be rewarded tonight, especially against Berlin, was huge,” Ripon head coach Steve Nankervis said of Stanfield. “I’m very proud of her because she really worked for two of those three goals.”
Stanfield scored the first of her goals in the 51st minute, when she took a McKenzie Nodolf free kick from about 40 yards out and deposited it into the back of the goal.
She then followed up that score around the 57th minute as she stuck with a ball that was put into the box and tapped it in after the goalkeeper mishandled it.
Her final goal came around the 85th minute after she got the Berlin keeper to fall while pursuing a loose ball on the wing and chipped it into the goal to give Ripon a 5-0 lead.
Read the full story, which includes information on a 2-0 win over Clintonville, in the May 2, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.