Ripley girls soccer team completes a season of seven victories under Pierson's leadership

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers
First-year Ripley High girls soccer coach Jay Pierson meets with his team during a break in a match this past season. Ripley finished the campaign 7-9-2, falling to several Top 10-ranked opponents.

On the pitch, Jay Pierson’s 2021 Ripley Lady Viking soccer team finished at 7-9-2.

Those losses came against some of the state of West Virginia’s very best.

“We played a really tough schedule,” said Pierson.

That may be the understatement of understatements.

Consider this: Ripley’s nine losses were dished out by Top 10 teams in all but one match.

Sophomore Addi Morrison led Ripley in scoring with 11 goals. Morrison also added an assist during the season’s action.

Junior Makayla Watson was next in line for Ripley when it came to scoring by punching eight through the net. Watson also contributed greatly for others to score with four assists.

Paige Anderson, another junior, finished the year with three goals and one assist.

Freshman Kallie McCutcheon scored two goals on the season and came up with a team-high six assists.

Mya Casto, a junior, also had two goals for the year.

Haven Stephens, a senior, sophomore Sophie Lee, sophomore Brooklyn Holmes, junior Grace Letart, senior Selah Stephens, senior Elizabeth Williams and senior Kaitlyn Lawrence all contributed one goal during the season.

Lawrence also had four assists on the year to tie for second in that category.

Williams had two assists.

Stephens, Letart and junior Olivia Sias each had one assist.

Sophomore Sophie Jenkins finished the year with 36 saves as one of three Ripley goalkeepers.

Marissa Triana, a junior, had 14 saves while freshman Trysten Spiller came up with three.

Ripley graduates four seniors in Selah Stephens, Mia Casto, Marissa Bertagnolli, Lawrence and Williams.

“We lose three senior starters and a fourth senior who contributed a lot of minutes, but we have a lot of talented young players coming back and some talented eighth graders coming in,” said Pierson.

“I think if we keep working hard and keep trying to gel as a team we can be very competitive.”