The Ripon High School boys’ soccer team allowed just a single second-half goal to one of the better teams in the East Central Conference Tuesday afternoon.
That was the good news.
The bad news?
It allowed Plymouth to score six times in the first half, including four in a 10-minute stretch at the end of the half in a 7-0 home loss.
“We knew on paper that we were underdogs entering this game,” Ripon head coach Kyle Sackett said. “It’s really no mystery to anyone on that one. And the 6-0 first half was ugly, [but] the boys turned it around second half and played them basically even for the majority of the half.”
Plymouth wasted no time scoring in game with a perfectly executed corner kick in the first 50 seconds. It then added a goal in the 11th minute and four more between the 36th and 44th minutes to enter halftime up 6-0.
Sackett credited the four late goals in part to fatigue.
The Tigers were short-handed due to injuries to Tyler Jennings, Logan Gress and Aidan Schoff.
“It was subs, just tiredness and good plays by them, too,” Sackett said of the Cougars’ goals “I can’t discredit them. They had great combination passes and a couple beautiful shots from outside of the box.”
Read the full story, which includes information on a 2-1 win over Kewaskum last week Thursday, in the Sept. 17, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.