RIPLEY – It was a tale of two halves.
Six goals in the first, none in the second.
Ripley was the beneficiary of four of the six first half goals as they were able to come away with a 4-2 victory over Peebles Tuesday afternoon in a somewhat rusty performance from the Blue Jays.
“It’s been a while since we actually played a game, so hopefully tonight worked out the kinks for a bigger game tomorrow,” Blue Jays coach Kevin Poe said. “It was not a good performance on any fronts, but a win is a win.”
The Blue Jays struck first as Tristan Finn’s header got them on the board less than four minutes into the contest. Peebles, who had lost to the Blue Jays 9-2 earlier in the season, battled much better in this one though as Weston Browning converted on a penalty kick in the 11th minute to even things up at 1-all.
“I think we’ve definitely improved. We changed some things around, yeah we lost 4-2, but I think we played really well,” Indians coach Logan Gordley said. “I think we could have easily had this game in my opinion. Overall it was a really good learning experience.”
Ryan Mitchell then got in on the action in the 15th minute, beating the Indians keeper to a free ball and having a wide open net to make it 2-1 Blue Jays. Mitchell would add another in the 24th minute, flicking a ball past a diving Indians keeper and rolling the ball past the goal line into the corner of the net to make it 3-1 Blue Jays.
Browning notched his eighth goal of the season off a header, beating Blue Jays keeper Jaki Royal to the ball and heading it over Royal into the net to make it 3-2 in the 30th minute.
An own goal got the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead in the 34th minute as the two would head to halftime with the score remaining there.
Each team had ample opportunities in the second half to add to the scoring, but were unable to convert. The best opportunity came on an Indians penalty kick, but Royal guessed the right way for the second time on the evening.
“I got a little thing to guess that, but I don’t want to tell it out loud. It’s a secret,” Royal said.
The first ended up slipping past him on a weird bounce from Browning’s kick. Royal was able to deflect the second attempt wide for a corner kick.
The Blue Jays defense held on from there as they were able to improve their record to 4-1 on the season. They return to action Wednesday when they take on another Southern Hills Athletic Conference foe in North Adams.
The Indians dropped to 2-3-1 on the year and are off until Monday when they host North Adams.
RIPLEY 4, PEEBLES 2
(R) Finn (4th minute), Mitchell (15th minute), Mitchell (24th minute), Own goal (34th minute)
(P) Browning (11th minute, penalty kick), Browning (30th minute)
Shots (on goal): Ripley 22 (14), Peebles 19 (7)
Corner Kicks: Ripley 2, Peebles 4
Saves: Ripley 5 (Royal), Peebles 10 (N/A)
Records: Ripley 4-1, Peebles 2-3-1