The real winner of the Ripon High School boys’ soccer team’s season-opening game against Clintonville Tuesday was the wind.

   It played a role in both of the goals scored as the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Clintonville.

   “The wind was pretty brutal,” Ripon head coach Steve Nankervis said. “It was probably a good 17, 20 mph winds and it definitely was a big factor in the game.”

   Ripon scored its wind-assisted goal in the 44th minute on a corner kick by freshman Dylan Kamin.

   According to Nankervis, Kamin kicked the ball toward the goal and Clintonville just misplayed it. The ball deflected off one of its players and into the back of the goal.

   The Truckers’ goal, which came in the 75th minute, also was helped out by the wind as they drove the ball down the right side of the field and got off a long cross.

   “The wind just got a hold of it and [goalkeeper] Liam [Gilfillan] just misjudged it; kind of the same situation,” Nankervis said. “It was kind of a score off a cross almost.”

   While Ripon wasn’t able to score the winning goal, Nankervis was pleased with his team’s effort.

Read the full story in the Aug. 29, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.