All season, the Tiger boys’ soccer team has been known as one thing: a defense-first squad.

Until Monday night.

Playing at home, under the lights of Ingalls Field, the boys put on an offensive showcase for Senior Night as their parents watched.

Though Ripon tied Wautoma 1-1 a couple weeks ago, Ripon handily beat the Hornets 4-1 with an impressive second-half performance.

It’s a victory the coach hopes will provide momentum as the team heads toward the playoffs, which begin next week.

But the game didn’t start that way.

“The first half was pretty even,” Tiger head coach Kyle Sackett said. “We out-shot them, but they got their shots, too.”

In fact, the game remained scoreless until the final minutes of the first half, when senior Elias Nelsen knocked in the first goal with an assist from fellow senior Brian Yongo — a treat for senior night.

A little while later, Wautoma put the game back in a familiar position: a 1-1 tie.

Given the difficulty Ripon had with making progress against Wautoma, Sackett decided to switch up his scheme for the second half of Monday’s game.

Oh, did it work.

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