RIPLEY – Head coach Chris Stout’s Ripley Viking girls soccer team notched a signature win on Tuesday night in Death Valley, shocking the Class AAA No. 1 ranked Spring Valley Timberwolves 3-1.
Not intimidated in the least, the Vikings put together a total team effort to pull the upset of Valley, coming from 1-0 down in the first half to score three straight goals and keep the advantage in the second.
We did a fantastic job against the number one team in the state,” said Viking assistant coach Alyssa Brozak, “We came out strong and maintained the majority of the possession in the first half.”
After Spring Valley’s Chase Davis opened the scoring at the 34:00 mark of the first half, the Vikings responded with a beautiful shot and goal from freshman Olivia Gandee at the 22:40 mark to tie the game at one.
From there, the Vikings got goals from sophomore Mackenzie Gillispie and freshman Sydni Cunningham to take a 3-1 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Vikings and Timberwolves traded volleys, but the Viking defense was able to preserve the lead. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Kennedy and senior defender Presley Fisher commanded the defense from the back, while the offense was able to get enough of a push to maintain control. With the two goal lead, the horn finally sounded to give the Vikings a 3-1, upset win.
“We played very well tonight,” Brozak said, “But as with anything, there is room for growth and things to learn from.”
Freshman Gracie Smith added an assist for the Vikings, while Kennedy made six saves on the night.
Ripley returns to action tonight on the road at Parkersburg at 6:00 p.m.