CHARLESTON - The season started with anticipation and excitement as they all should. Ripley's boys soccer team had some holes to fill from last years squad and primarily did it with underclassmen.
Coach Tim Ross has had to deal with various injuries to key players and has had very few games where everyone was healthy and on the field at the same time.
Ripley took on the defending AAA State Champions on Tuesday and fought hard but came up short losing 3-0 in Charleston.
The Vikings were unable to get many shots off on the night as they were limited to three shot attempts and one corner kick in the game.
"Defensively, that was our best game. They are a very talented team and it was hard to get quality looks at the goal against their defense. I was proud of how tough we played them," said assistant coach Victor Boyce.
Viking goalkeeper Chuck Sleboda was credited with 15 saves.
Coach Ross commended his team for a strong effort.
"These young men played a great game against the defending State Champions. I am extremely proud of them. The back line defense of Lively, Ross, Smith, Casto, Matheny, Shaver, & Burdette did a fantastic job. Our midfield of Faber, Greely-Fay, Myers and Sanders broke up many midfield attempts. We missed a couple of opportunities, but they played the game full tilt."
On Thursday at Riverside, JoJo Greely-Fay scored two goals for the Vikings to lead them to a 2-2 tie on the road.
Ripley (2-12-1) got a strong effort from senior goalkeeper Chuck Sleboda who notched an impressive 26 saves on the evening.
The Vikings had 17 shot attempts, two corner kicks and six direct kicks.
Cody Sanders collected an assist for Ripley.
Ripley will host Woodrow Wilson tonight at Death Valley.