As Ben Pulvermacher headed to the sidelines for halftime Tuesday, he asked head coach Kyle Sackett if he saw how wide open Freedom left the front post on a direct kick.

Sackett’s response?

“Yeah, I was praying you would shoot to it, but I could not yell it.”

Pulvermacher, indeed, did shoot to it and scored the game’s only goal as the host Ripon High School boys’ soccer team defeated the Irish 1-0 to move on in regional play.

The playoff win is only the Tigers’ second since the sport began in Ripon during the 2000 school year.

Their only other victory came in 2008, when they defeated Berlin 3-1 in the regional semifinals.

They lost to Fox Valley Lutheran 8-0 in the following contest.

“It’s huge,” Sackett said of the playoff victory. “I told the boys since day one: My goals for the team were to finish in the top half of the conference, get a home playoff game and win a playoff game — and we did all three. They came out and did exactly what we were asking from them the whole year and now we’re looking for the second one.”

Read the full story, which includes more information about Pulvermacher's game-winning goal, a big stop by Sam Vander Plas on a penalty shot and a preview of Thursday's regional final, in the Oct. 17, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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