RIPLEY – Head coach Tim Ross’ Ripley Viking boys soccer team made short work of its two opponents late last week, soundly beating both South Charleston and Point Pleasant.
The Vikings totally dismantled Point last Saturday morning in Death Valley, getting strong offensive production throughout the lineup to go along with solid defense. All that led to an easy, 9-0 victory.
“Our Defense was rock solid the past three games,” Ross said, “ It has proved that effectiveness, especially against South Charleston and Point Pleasant by diminishing the center attack, as well as outside long ball.”
It didn’t take long for the Viking strikers to wake up against Point Pleasant. With the game time moved to the early morning to avoid the heat index, the Vikings struck early and often. Junior striker Sam Pierson opened the scoring three minutes in, followed by senior Remy Boyce putting one home three minutes later. Up 2-0, the Vikings continued to push. Freshman Broedy Boyce was credited with a goal at the 14 minute mark when a failed clear by Point’s keeper bounced off of Boyce and into the net. Senior Elijah Randolph got in on the action next, putting home a shot at the 23 minute mark to put Ripley up 4-0. Remy Boyce capped off a sterling first half by completing the hat trick, scoring at the 30 minute mark and then again at the 36 minute mark with a nice header. Pierson scored again just before the whistle, putting Ripley up 7-0 at the half.
In the second half, Broedy Boyce scored at the 50 minute mark, then sophomore Davisson Flint put a bow on the win with a goal at the 73 minute mark. All told, the Vikings outshot the Knights 32 to 3. Senior keeper Austin Young got the clean sheet, stopping all three shots. Broedy Boyce added three assists to his two goals, while Remy Boyce, Kaegun Jackson and Pierson had one helper each.
RIPLEY 7 – SOUTH CHARLESTON 0
Freshman Broedy Boyce shined in Ripley’s home opener against South Charleston last Thursday night in Death Valley. Boyce scored four goals in the win, all in the first half. Pierson and freshman Jonathan Zuniga also scored in the win. The Vikings outshot the Black Eagles 29 to 10, as both Young and Steven Carte split the shutout.
Now 4-0 on the season, the Vikings return to action tonight on the road at Spring Valley.