Tyler Granados winces as he heads a ball during last week Thursday’s home game.
Tyler Granados winces as he heads a ball during last week Thursday’s home game.

   As it turned out, the differences between the Tiger boys’ soccer team and one of the top teams in the conference weren’t all that large.

   Shots on goal, time of possession — statistically speaking, the Plymouth squad and the Ripon High School team played quite evenly.

   The difference? A couple key players, and a couple good breaks that went Plymouth’s way — and that was enough.

   Ripon fell 3-0 last week Thursday on Ingalls Field, but showed its players were up to the task of challenging a conference powerhouse.

   “They only took 10 shots on frame against us, compared to we had eight shots on frame,” head coach Steve Nankervis said. “So as far as having our chances on goal, we were pretty even. Their goalie had a couple good saves against us, and a few times we kicked it right at him as well.

   “But possession-wise, it was pretty close — it was pretty much a 50-50 game.”

Read the full story in the Oct. 3, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.