Facing a perennial state championship final-four team in the first round of regionals is rarely an attractive prospect, but that was the task the Ripon High School girls’ soccer team faced last week Thursday.
The Tigers had lost 4-0 to Xavier in the regular season, but everybody knew it would be difficult to duplicate that score let alone get a victory in the game.
In fact, the Hawks came out trying to put the Tigers away as quickly as they could, and goalkeeper Alissa Balke was kept extremely busy for the entire game.
Xavier matched its scoring output from last time in the first half and scored its 10th goal with less than four minutes left in the contest to take a 10-0 advantage and put in effect the mercy rule.
Balke and the Tigers did a fairly good job of keeping the Hawks from scoring from close range, but they let in several goals from distance that found their way over the keeper and under the crossbar.
“We don’t have players who can hit those shots, so Alissa doesn’t get to work on judging those balls in practice,” Ripon head coach Dana Scott said. “But really we need to do a better job in midfield keeping a bit of pressure on the shooter.”
She also was happy to see the girls trying to string passes together.
“We had stopped trying to build our way up the field in the last few games and we got back to that this time, stringing four and five passes together against them at times; although we couldn’t create any scoring chances,” Scott said.
Read the full story, which includes a recap of the season, in the June 11, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.