Isaac Whitrock dribbles the ball as he is flanked by two Berlin defenders.
Isaac Whitrock dribbles the ball as he is flanked by two Berlin defenders.

   “It’s hard to swallow a 6-0 loss. I could have tolerated like a 2-0, 3-0 loss but I know we’re better than six goals.”

   Ripon High School head boys’ soccer coach Steve Nankervis said that following his team’s defeat at the hands of Kettle Moraine Lutheran earlier this season.

   The Tigers showed that they were “better than six goals” Tuesday afternoon in a rematch with the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Chargers as they lost 3-0 on the road.

   “We improved for sure against them, but they are obviously the best team in the conference for a reason,” Nankervis said. “Their attack is just something really to marvel at and watch. They’re really a very well-organized team. But our boys did a really good job. The first half was when they got two goals and if you believe it, possession was about 50/50 in that first half. We had our opportunities, but just were unlucky.”

   Kettle Moraine Lutheran (10-0 conference, 15-2-1 overall) struck first in the 16th minute. A player kicked a nice cross into the corner and had another dribble penetrate into the box, drawing all of the Tigers defenders and leaving the back post open for a trailing runner.

Read the full story, which includes information on wins over Wautoma/Wild Rose and Berlin, in the Oct. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.