Morgan Schultz brings the ball under control while under pressure from a Wautoma defender.
Morgan Schultz brings the ball under control while under pressure from a Wautoma defender.

   “I’m very surprised not to be 2-0 right now.”

   That was the quick take that came from Ripon High School girls’ soccer coach Steve Nankervis Tuesday night.

   Playing the North Fond du Lac/Oakfield/Laconia “United” team, Ripon (1-1) fell behind early and never quite caught up, losing 3-1.

   And, while Ripon wasn’t blown away in the loss, the coach does think a good gust may have factored into the contest.

   “It was a fairly evenly matched game in the sense that they control possession the entire first half and we control possession the entire second half. I think a lot of that had to do with the way the wind was blowing today,” Nankervis said, noting Ripon played with the wind in the second half. “They were obviously just better than us on the scoreboard.”

   The United, utilizing its advantage with the wind early, scored first with a goal at around the 26th minute.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Wautoma, in the April 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.