Ripley opened its season on Friday with a 5-0 win over Washington from the state’s eastern panhandle.
The showdown was played at the Shawnee Soccer Complex in Institute. Gandee punched in three goals and Gillispie picked up where she left off last season with two goals. Gandee assisted in the two goals by Gillispie. Morrison and Stephens were also credited with assists.
Kennedy had five saves in the game with Craigo producing one.
“Our defense improved throughout the game,” Gandee said. “There was a rain delay, and the attack came out after the delay playing very well. We got to play our freshmen and sophomores quite a bit late in the game. Washington is a pretty good team. I know last year they lost a heartbreaker in their regional final against Hedgesville. Washington is one of the top teams in that region.”
The Lady Vikings followed that game up with another 5-0 win against Musselman the following day at Shawnee.
Gandee had two goals and an assist, Gillispie and Carpenter each added a goal and an assist and Miller rounded out the scoring with a goal. Kennedy had two saves and Craigo one.
“The night before Musselman beat Capital 10-1,” Gandee said. “Musselman has some talented players and is well-coached. I think we defended much better and our attack was relentless. We didn’t look tired. We recovered very well after playing the night before and turning around and playing at noon the following day. We had the opportunity to get our freshmen and sophomores a lot of playing time and were able to play in different positions. Gracie Smith and Cassidy Miller, who have been playing in the back, were able to play in the attack for most of the game and accounted for eight of our 21 shots.”