RIPLEY - Coach Tim Ross' Ripley boys soccer squad took the long trek to Huntington to face the Highlanders last week. The young squad (1-8) has taken some lumps early in the season but hasbeen competitive in most of their contests.

The Vikings had to play nearly sixty minutes one man down after a player carded out early in the game. It was hard to compete against a good Huntington squad in this manner for that period of time. Ripley fell 10-1.

The Highlanders were awarded nine corner shots and two free kicks in the game. JoJo Greely-Fay scored the only goal for Ripley. Viking goalkeeper Check Sleboda was unofficially credited with nine saves.

Ripley hosted a quality Cabell Midland team on Saturday and fell 3-1. JoJo Greely-Fay scored Ripley's only goal in the contest. Chuck Sleboda was unofficially credited with six saves and Easton Berry had two in the second half.

"We are going to continue to work hard and as we get more experience we will continue to grow," said coach Ross. "We have put together good halves but haven't put together very many games where we played to our potential throughout.

Assistant coach VictorBoyce also sees the potential in the young Ripley squad. "This team has had so much to deal with early on. We have had nagging injuries and have had few games where everyone was on the field at the same time. I do see progress and the effort is there."

Ripley returns to action tonight as they host Princeton at Memorial Stadium.