LeeRoy Cotton fends off a Winneconne player as he dribbles the ball up the field.
LeeRoy Cotton fends off a Winneconne player as he dribbles the ball up the field.

   Despite losing to Waupun 2-0 in the first meeting this season, Ripon Tiger head boys’ soccer coach Steve Nankervis didn’t make any dramatic changes Tuesday.

   It proved to be the right call.

   The Tigers played to a 2-2 draw with the Warriors, who entered the game second in the East Central Conference with a 10-2 record.

   “I knew this time around we were going to be able to compete with them a little bit better,” Nankervis said. “They were down a … key player, which kind of tilted in our favor a little bit. I just asked the boys to play the same game they played against them the first time around. I said if they did that we would be fine. We could definitely steal a point, if not two points, away from Waupun, So definitely a big effort; a good all-around team effort; a lot of good play today. I’m very proud of the boys.”

   Ripon (7-5-1 conference, 12-5-3 overall) wasted no time jumping out to a lead, either, as it scored what Nankervis called “probably the quickest goal I’ve ever seen in high school.”

   The goal came right around the 1-minute, 15-second mark and was recorded by Tyler Granados.

   The senior took a pass from fellow senior Jordan Whitrock and caught the Waupun goalkeeper off his line. He took the shot from about 20 yards out and found the back of the net.

   The Tigers held onto that 1-0 advantage until the 33rd minute, when Waupun won a scramble for the ball and was able to beat goalkeeper Liam Gilfillan for a goal.

Read the full story, which includes information on wins over Campbellsport and Berlin, in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.