Sage Julian, right, tries to kick the ball past a Lomira attacker during the second half of Ripon’s 1-0 win over Lomira.
Sage Julian, right, tries to kick the ball past a Lomira attacker during the second half of Ripon’s 1-0 win over Lomira.

   The Ripon High School girls’ soccer team won three games in a row for the first time in recent memory Tuesday with a 1-0 home victory over Lomira.

   You wouldn’t know it, though, talking to head coach Steve Nankervis.

   “It was horrible,” he said of the game. ”We played good soccer for literally about two minutes and that’s when we scored the first goal. We had some good combination passes. We had the ball through to Lilli Alderson, who basically just touched it to Liz Stanfield, who beat the keeper. So that was good soccer, but then all of the sudden we just completely went flat and fell back to not being aggressive, not really wanting to go get the ball.”

   Nankervis noted the Tigers out-possessed the Lions in the first half and held a 10-2 advantage in shots on goal, but that changed in the second as they were out-shot 14-2.

   Ripon also wasted many more scoring opportunities in the first half as it was whistled for being offsides more than 14 times.

   “That’s just being disciplined and knowing our field awareness and unfortunately our girls didn’t have that today,” Nankervis said of the infractions. “If we basically delay our step a second, we’re onside [and] we score more goals.”

   Those weren’t the only wasted chances in the first half.

Read the full story, which includes information on a strong game from Layne Neuenfeldt and wins over Little Chute and Campbellsport, in the May 16, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.