Ripley soccer teams battles Park, Midland, and Lewis

Mark Martin
Noah Kessell, No. 2, chases the ball for the Vikings.

A hard-fought showdown with Lewis County on Monday finished in a 1-1 deadlock for the Ripley varsity boys soccer team.

Tied 0-0 at the break, the two battled through a steady rain in the second half. Lewis County struck first with a goal at the 55-minute mark, but the Vikings answered as Ian Gainey scored off an assist from Wesley Hopper.

Nic Hill had 13 saves in the game from his keeper position.

“We’ve got to make the simple routine plays, fundamental plays,” said head coach Victory Boyce. “I’m proud of their efforts and never-give-up attitude.”

The tie followed shutout losses to Wheeling Park, 7-0, and Cabell Midland, 6-0.

Hill had 10 saves against Park and 16 in the matchup with the Knights.

“The boys' attitudes have been great. They don’t quit,” said Boyce. “They keep fighting until the last whistle.”

Ripley was slated to play University on the road in Morgantown on Saturday. More information will be provided in future editions of the Jackson Newspapers.

Ripley's Max Meadows, No. 10, lines up the ball.