RIPLEY –  The Ripley Viking girls soccer team hit a wall in the form of the George Washington Patriots in Death Valley on Tuesday night.  The Vikings could not overcome a slow start and fell, 2-0.  

“Today was a tough game for us altogether,” assistant coach Alyssa Brozak said, “We started slow in the first half, not as aggressive as we normally are. Once the second half rolled around, we picked it up enough to get more possession and some good scoring opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish. It was a very challenging game, but nothing our girls can’t grow and learn from though.” 

As a consequence of a slow start, the Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead.  The Vikings woke up a bit in the second half, starting to maintain possession and getting more scoring chances, but were unable to find the back of the net.  Ripley registered four shots on goal, one each from Olivia Gandee, Mackenzie Gillispie, Gracie Smith and Sydni Cunningham.  Goalkeeper Taylor Kennedy made seven saves on the night, as well.

The loss drops Ripley to 7-4-3 on the season.  They return to action on Saturday (10:00 a.m.) at Huntington.