Ripon College’s Prairie Field was eerily quiet after the Midwest Conference men’s soccer championship last week Saturday.
Ripon was beaten 2-1 by an 86th minute goal against the Carroll University Pioneers who finished second to the Red Hawks in the regular season standings.
By virtue of that win, it is the Pioneers, not the Red Hawks, who will earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament that begins Thursday.
One day earlier on Friday, the Red Hawks defeated Lawrence University 4-3 in an overtime shootout to advance to the title game.
Still, despite the disappointing final game of the 2010 campaign, coach Lance Gordon and all of his players realize the magnitude of the turnaround they have accomplished.
“I am extremely proud of each and everyone of them,” Gordon said. “I am happy with the turnaround they have made and the progress that they have shown. We achieved all the goals we had set early in the season and exceeded a few others.”
Read the full article in the Nov. 11, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.