Despite unpleasant weather that caused players and referees to bundle up under their uniforms, the Ripon High School girls’ soccer team got its season off to a good start last week Thursday.
The Tigers played a strong first half, jumping out to a 3-0 lead over Wautoma at halftime and then struggled a bit in the second half but preserved the 3-0 home victory.
Ripon came out determined to attack the Hornets, and Emily Rigden on the right wing was able to beat her defender consistently in the early going only to find the ball running over the endline due to the wet turf.
She then tried a different tactic and cut inside to receive a pass from Sarah Rodman, and when Wautoma’s goalkeeper was unable to hold onto her shot, Liz Stanfield tapped in the rebound.
Later in the half, Stanfield created her own shooting opportunity, and again the keeper was unable to hold the ball — this time the ball found the net on its own.
The Tigers continued to dominate, and midfielder Emily Goyette drilled a shot into the far corner of the goal when a ball came back to her at the top of the penalty area.
In the second half, although the Tigers were able to create some chances, they no longer dominated.
Wautoma spent a fair bit of time in Ripon’s half of the field and the Tiger defense got a workout.
Katelyn Whitrock and Kate Hofensperger covered for their less experienced teammates, but new defenders Emma Azinger and Elli Seymer showed a lot of potential. With their help, goalkeeper Karissa Niederkorn earned a shutout in her first soccer game.
Read the full story in the April 6, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.