TRACE FORK - Sometimes good things come to those who work hard.
Ripley’s girls soccer team has been slugging it out all season and find themselves advancing from their AAA Region One Sectional on Tuesday night with a 1-0 victory over the Lady Eagles of South Charleston.
The game played out as neither team struck in the first period as both squads brought their best defensive effort of the season.
With less than five minutes left in regulation and a scoreless overtime just around the corner, Ripley’s Brianna Smith score the lone goal of the game to send the Lady Viking booters to a showdown with George Washington tonight at Trace Fork.
Senior goalkeeper and team captain Amanda McGreevy was credited with several game saving saves in the second half that helped Ripley keep the game with reach.
McGreevy has played well all season and hopes to extend her senior season with a good showing as her team moves forward.
“We played phenomenal defense tonight. We kept fighting and got the win,” said coach Missy Ross after the game.
Ripley will have to make two jaunts to Charleston in a week as they move forward.
The Lady Vikings have played tough all season and have continued to be competitive even when the wins were scarce.
Seniors Melissa Hughart, Amanda McGreevy, Katie Moore and Brianna Smith were able to enjoy a 4-0 victory over Point Pleasant last week in the season’s final game. The victory came on Senior Recognition Night.
Look for further coverage of Ripley in the post season in future editions of Jackson Newspapers.