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Ripon Christian claims third place
RC soccer
DAVE CAMPBELL/Bulletin Correspondent Ripon Christian goalie Silas Vander Woude gets one of his two penalty kick blocks as the Knights defeated Argonaut in penalty kicks, 1-1.

When a soccer game comes down to penalty kicks, things can be tense.

Things were tense Saturday when Ripon Christian and Argonaut were tied at 1-1 at the end of the second half of the third-place game in the Jerry Terpsma Boys Soccer Classic at Ripon Christian. But with all 6-foot-3 of Silas Vander Woude in the goalie box for the Knights, Ripon Christian had little to be tense about.

The Mustangs missed their first opportunity and Vander Woude ranged to his right on the second, knocking down the attempt. Argonaut missed its third try and Vander Woude knocked the fourth over the top.

Drew Meester and Grant Sonke made their kicks for Ripon Christian, so Vander Woude’s tip over the top clinched the win for the tournament hosts.

“The first one I saved, I just guessed correctly,” Van Der Woude said. “I saw him look that way when he sat the ball down and that’s what I was taught to do. When they sit the ball down they look and that’s the way they usually go – and it worked.

“On the second one I kind of stood there and it came right to me.”

Knights coach Kevin Tameling knew Van Der Woude would be an asset in penalty kicks.

“Silas is a senior and he has played the keeper position for many years,” Tameling said. “He is one of our captains, he leads well, so I knew once we got to PKs that we had the advantage because of him in goal.

“He does a really good job in there and he reads well. The only time you get to do penalty kicks is in the playoffs so I like doing them in this tournament because it gives you a little peek at what players can do in a pressure situation.”

Ten minutes into the game, Ripon Christian (3-4) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Grant Sonke off of an assist from Isaiah Vander Woude.

“It was a great pass from Isaiah (Van Der Woude),” Sonke said. “He saw me there, he led me a through ball and I just had to tap it in.

“It was all him so I can’t take much credit for it.”

Cooper Cross tied the game for the Mustangs (1-4) later in the first half and that score would hold for the rest of regulation.

Drew Meester and Alexander Sonke were named to the all-tournament team for the Knights.

“Drew is a freshman,” Tameling said. “He is playing against upper classmen and often times against some of the best players on the other team. He has a lot of learning and growing to do, but he has learned extremely quick.

“He has to continue to compete. He is going to figure things out for us down the road but he is really playing great for us now.”

West County 5, Ripon Christian 0

The Knights had a few mental lapses against the eventual tournament champions from Sebastopol in a semifinal match.

“Overall, we keep having 5- or 10-minute spurts where we slow down and we are not focused and that hurt us against West County and in our previous game before the tourney against Ben Holt,” Tameling said.

“We need to pick some of those things up and be engaged the full 80 minutes.”

David Koolhaas posted seven saves for Ripon Christian.

Ripon Christian 2, Amador 0

The Knights started off the tournament Friday with a shutout win.

Meester scored on goal for Ripon Christian and Owen Greenlee the other on an assist from Grant Sonke.