RIPLEY - On Tuesday night, the Ripley High School Boys Soccer team hosted the Riverside Warriors on Senior Night at Memorial Stadium.
Throughout the course of this year, Head Coach Tim Ross and Assistant Coach Victor Boyce has been talking to the team about playing two solid halves of soccer and coming out with intensity.
All of this instruction was heeded on Tuesday Night. The Vikings came ready to play as Seniors Jo Jo Greeley-Fay scored three goals and Ryan Faber scored the first goal of the game and the Vikings downed the Warriors in dominating fashion 4-1.
Ryan Faber started the scoring 10 minutes into play as he eluded the efforts of the Warrior Goal Keeper on a breakaway after receiving a good lead pass from Logan McKinney and put the ball into the lower right hand corner of the goal to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
Then just 2 minutes later, Greeley-Fay took a hard shot that bounced off the Keeper and then followed it in with another shot to make the score 2-0 at the half. At half time the Vikings honored 10 senior players. They were: leading scorer and Captain Jo Jo Greeley-Fay, Captain Mid Fielder Parker Lively, Captain and Goal Keeper Caleb Jennings, Defense men, Paul Lively, Joshua Smith, Alex Burdette, Jesse Matheney, Baylee Vankirk, and Forwards Ryan Faber and Jacob McKown.
In the second half the Warriors scored just three minutes in to cut the score to 2-1. Cameron Norris got ahead of the Viking defense men and scored on a breakaway. However, the Vikings quickly responded when Greeley-Fay scored his second goal, just two minutes after the Warriors had cut the score, to take the lead back to a more comfortable 3-1 score. Greeley-Fay received a beautiful lead pass from Freshman Remy Boyce and nailed the shot into the left corner of the goal.
Then with 28:19 remaining in the game, Greeley-Fay finished his hat trick with a rocket shot from about ten yards out that the Warrior Keeper could not handle to finish the scoring at 4-1 in favor of the Vikings.
For the evening, the Vikings controlled the tempo of the game and maintained ball possession for the majority of the game.
The Vikings took 30 shots to the Warriors 5.
Viking Keeper Caleb Jennings was credited 3 saves while Warrior Keeper Austin Ballengee was unofficially credited with 18 saves. After the game, both Coach Ross and coach Boyce commented how the team was ready to play tonight and played two good halves of soccer.
The intensity and effort was definitely shown by the Viking players. Ripley now finishes the regular season with 3 games on the road.
Page 2 of 2 - On Thursday (October 3) they travel to Beckley to take on Woodrow Wilson, next Tuesday (October 8), they travel to Parkersburg to take on the Big Reds, and then finish on October 15 at Parkersburg South.
They should also play an MSAC game on either October 10th or 12th, but at this time it is unclear who or where they will be playing. All games are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.