Ripon High School boys' soccer vs. Kewaskum — Oct. 4, 2021 (23).JPG

Mobbing Drew Kastenschmidt after he scored the game-winning goal Monday are, from left, Adam Banerjee, Isaac Whitrock and Spencer Schultz.    

For the second time in five days, the Ripon High School boys’ soccer team defeated Kewaskum Monday.

After defeating the Indians 1-0 in a conference road game last week Thursday, the Tigers edged them once again 2-1 in a non-conference contest at Ingalls Field. Senior Drew Kastenschmidt scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers in the 52nd minute of the game, which celebrated the seniors.

Ripon head coach Steve Nankervis noted the non-conference win was just more to boost the Tigers’ resume going into Wednesday’s seeding meeting for the postseason tournament.

“We were very fortunate to come out with a positive result, and especially the win,” Nankervis said.

Ripon (8-6-3 overall) got on the board first in the game in the 11th minute on Adam Banerjee’s 10th goal of the season. The senior took a pass from Kastenschmidt at the top of the box and beat the keeper with a low shot.

Kewaskum (7-9-3 overall) got that goal back in the 26th minute on a follow-up chance after the initial shot hit the crossbar and bounced back into play. Nankervis noted that Ripon missed a couple chances to clear the ball and that the Indians’ top scorer, Denall Fellenz, was there to finish it off for his 20th goal of the year.

The score stayed that way until the 53rd minute, when Kastenschmidt took a pass from Banerjee and was able to beat the goalkeeper far post for his second goal of the season.

“Drew’s been working; he’s had a lot of near misses all season, so I’m really excited that he got that tonight on senior night,” Nankervis said.

The Ripon head coach added that especially in the second half, the Tigers were better conditioned than Kewaskum and were able to get behind the defense a lot, which included on that game-winning goal.

Defensively, Ripon didn’t allow the Indians too many chances to score as it gave up just two shots in the second half, neither of which were on frame. For the game, Kewaskum had just two shots on goal.

“Our defense did a real nice job keeping everything in front of them,” Nankervis said. “And when they did get behind us on a high bounce or on a through ball, we recovered nicely and filled in in the middle to kind of stop that middle pressure and we were able to work the ball back outside.”

He added that he challenged his four defensive players at halftime and they definitely stepped up in that second half to protect the tie and then the lead once Ripon was able to take it. He especially was pleased as two of the four defenders — Collin Mancl and Cody Kamin — are freshmen.

“They’re doing an excellent job because they’re playing a position I didn’t really want them playing yet,” Nankervis said. “That’s definitely where I see them in the next year or two as they get bigger and mature a little bit on the soccer field, but they’re taking it in stride right now as freshmen and are doing a great job.”

The other two defenders helping the freshmen out are junior Dylan Kamin and senior Henry Walheim.

Ripon finished the game with 25 shots on the offensive end, 16 of which were on frame.

Ripon edges Kewaskum 1-0

The Tigers put themselves in the driver’s seat for third place in the East Central Conference with a 1-0 road win over the Kewaskum Indians last week Thursday.

Banerjee scored the game’s only goal in the 20th minute on an assist from Spencer Schultz, and goalkeeper Liam Gilfillan made a couple of big saves late to preserve the win.

With the win, Ripon moved into a tie for third place with Kewaskum at 2-2-1 in the conference. The Tigers will close out their conference schedule Thursday at home against Waupun (1-3-1 conference), while the Indians will face 4-0 Kettle Moraine Lutheran Thursday on the road.

“It was good team soccer,” Nankervis said. “The boys gutted it out and came away with that conference win.”

Nankervis noted last week Thursday’s contest was “a good game” between two comparable teams, which saw Ripon out-shoot Kewaskum 9-5 in shots on frame. He felt Ripon probably held a 55/45 advantage in possession, while noting that corner kicks in the game were about even.

According to the coach, the Tigers were the pressing team in the first half. In the second half, especially in the final few minutes, Kewaskum applied pressure in hopes of getting the equalizing goal

“Liam Gilfillan came up big with a couple of really nice, big saves for us,” Nankervis said. “I’m talking diving saves to the far post, where he was able to not only make the save, but catch the ball on the save, too, which is pretty impressive.”

Up next

Ripon will close out its conference season Thursday with the home game against Waupun, before traveling to Lomira Monday for one final non-conference tune-up before entering regional play.

Nankervis noted that Waupun is down this season because it lost a lot of its key players from last season, but it’s always a good game between the two teams regardless of which one might be down a little bit.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it because I am hoping that this is our year against them,” Nankervis said. “It’s been a while since we were able to get a victory against them … If we want to secure third place in the conference, we’ve got to win ... A tie won’t do it and a loss will take us out of that third-place spot.”

Thursday’s game against Waupun will start at 4 p.m., while Monday’s contest is set for 4:30 p.m.

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