Liz Stanfield, middle, boots the ball in Ripon’s 2-1 loss to Waupun as teammates Sage Julian, left, and Amelia Taylor, second from right, watch.
Liz Stanfield, middle, boots the ball in Ripon’s 2-1 loss to Waupun as teammates Sage Julian, left, and Amelia Taylor, second from right, watch.

   After lackluster performances in its previous five games, the Ripon High School girls’ soccer team turned the corner last week Thursday at home against Waupun.

   Unfortunately, it had little to show for it as it lost 2-1.

   “The girls came to play. They did everything perfectly. Unfortunately, if there is a soccer God he just wasn’t in our corner on Thursday,” Ripon head coach Steve Nankervis said, noting the Tigers hit the post a couple times and had another shot picked off the goal line. “… In my mind, the way they played just wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard because they definitely took it to Waupun. They just had a little bit more luck on their side, I believe.”

   Two of the times that the Tigers “rung” the post came in the first half as McKenzie Nodolf did so on a free kick from about 23 yards out and Morgan Schultz took a shot that went across the mouth of the goal and nicked the outside.

   They did have a chance for a rebound on Nodolf’s shot as the ball bounced back in play, but they were unable to get control of it. Schultz’s kick went out of play.

   Meanwhile, Waupun capitalized on its opportunity in the 29th minute as it got behind Ripon’s defense and had a runner get by an outside back for a tap-in from one-yard out.

Read the full story, which includes a preview of Ripon's regional quarterfinal game, in the May 30, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.