Ripley- On Tuesday evening at Memorial Stadium the Ripley High School Boys soccer team played host to the Class AAA Number 1 ranked George Washington Patriots. The team knew the task at hand was going to be difficult, considering George Washington was undefeated and yet to give up a goal in regular season play.
The Viking team has often been inconsistent this year with their intensity and being ready to play, but that was not an issue on Tuesday. From the opening whistle both teams played hard in a highly spirited contest.
George Washington got on the board first compliments on a debatable penalty call that occurred in the Vikings goal box. Both the Ripley and George Washington player appeared to just be going for the ball, but the Vikings were assessed the foul. George Washington’s Drew Davis nailed the Penalty Kick to make the score 1-0 at the half.
Both teams continued to battle with no score until George Washington’s Jeff Hodge took an assist from Peter Nelson with 12 minutes to go in the game to bring the final score of 2-0.
Viking Keeper Caleb Jennings recorded 14 saves on the night.
In JV action, the Patriots handed the host Vikings a 4-1 loss. Justin Fields scored the lone goal for the Vikings.
On Thursday night the Vikings hit the road to travel to Capital High School to take on the host Cougars for a very important MSAC matchup. Both teams needed a win to help with seating in the sectional playoffs and both teams played as though they needed the victory.
Senior Captain Jo Jo Greeley-Fay scored two goals as the Vikings left with a 2-1 victory.
Greeley-Fay started the scoring around the 20 minute mark remaining in the
first half to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead at the half.
In the second half, Greeley-Fay again scored with 30 minutes remaining in the game to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead. However, the Cougars would strike back. Tyler Shaffer nailed a shot with 21 minutes remaining in the game to bring the final score 2-1.
In both games this week, the Vikings received hard, solid play from the defensive line. That line consists of Seniors Jesses Matheny, Paul Lively, Parker Lively, Joshua Smith, Alex Burdette and Juniors Noah Ross and Luke Myers.
For the game, Ripley fired 15 shots on the Cougars Goal. Ripley Keeper Caleb Jennings had another solid game with 14 saves.
After the game Ripley Head Coach Tim Ross stated, “I believe that we just need to continue to fine tune and make a push in the post season. I am very pleased with the effort and the intensity of the boys.” He continued, “I like what I am seeing and believe if we can continue to play with the same effort that we have this week against George Washington and Capital, we can continue to see victory.”
Page 2 of 2 - Ripley will host Riverside on Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium for Senior Night and then hit the road on Thursday to take on Woodrow Wilson. Both games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. starts.