Limi Ahmedi boots the ball out of mid-air during the first half of Ripon’s 4-0 loss to Xavier.
Limi Ahmedi boots the ball out of mid-air during the first half of Ripon’s 4-0 loss to Xavier.

   Playing against an experienced program in Xavier, Ripon High School boys’ head soccer coach Kyle Sackett knew his team couldn’t afford to fall behind early.

   That’s just what happened, however, as it allowed the Hawks to score two goals in the first 12 minutes.

   The Tigers then yielded two more scores in the second half to fall 4-0 in a regional semifinal game last week Thursday in Appleton.

   Despite the loss, Sackett was pleased with his team’s effort.

   “The boys did a great job after digging ourselves that hole in the first 12 minutes to come back and keep battling,” the Ripon coach said. “Versus an experienced program, a team with talent like Xavier, in any sport, especially soccer, it’s difficult to play from behind. The boys did a good job of staying together as a team, staying positive, continuing to battle and trying to create opportunities through all 90 minutes of that game.”

   He added Xavier’s first goal, which came around the 2-minute mark, was a result of miscommunication between Ripon’s defense and goalkeeper Nick Bruesewitz.

Read the full story, which includes information on the 10 seniors who will graduate, in the Oct. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.