With the conference season coming to a close, the Tiger boys’ soccer team needed to start padding its record a bit to secure a better seed as playoffs begin next week.
On Tuesday evening, the Ripon High School squad (3-9-1 conference, 6-12-1 overall) took a step in the right direction as it topped Waupun 3-2 on the road.
“We knew coming into it, they beat us by a goal [the last time we played] and we knew we were pretty evenly matched with them,” Ripon High School head soccer coach Kyle Sackett said. “It was definitely a tough match-up but a winnable match-up.”
The difference this time?
“The boys growing as a team as the season goes on was the key here,” Sackett said, adding that, this time, the squad was “definitely utilizing each other.”
The plan, coming into the contest, was to be aggressive from the start and put Waupun on its heels.
“We came out with an attacking mentality. We had the advantage of a diagonal crosswind at our back, too,” Sackett said, adding he reminded the team of a recent one-goal loss as motivation. “I challenged our guys to come out and score.”