Vikings down Red Devils in boys soccer

Mark Martin / Sportswriter & Barbara Layton
Players collide on the soccer field during the Ripley versus Ravenswood boys' soccer game on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

It was a second battle of the week on the pitch last Thursday between Jackson County’s two varsity boys’ soccer teams and this one turned out to be much closer.

After topping Ravenswood, 9-0, last Tuesday, Ripley did just manage to edge the Red Devils in the second encounter, 2-1.

Wyatt White scored one goal for Ripley with Max Meadows delivering the other.

Meadows was also credited with an assist.

Ripley’s Nic Hill had six saves for the Vikings.

Joe Chambers punched the ball into the net for Ravenswood’s lone score with assistance from Nate Weekley.

Blake Bibbee had 10 saves for the Red Devils.

“Tuesday was just clearly not our night and Ripley was able to just bombard us with crosses and score from headers,” Ravenswood’s coach Todd Murray said.

In regards to Thursday’s play, Murray added, “It was just very nice to see my team bounce back mentally and physically after an embarrassing loss at home 9-0 and be able to turn it around and give a team a closer match at their place.”

Future games for each team are currently undetermined due to COVID-19.