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Ripon gives up late goals in TVL defeat

Ripon sophomore midfielder Haley Simmons, right, hustles after the ball during the second half of Wednesday’s 2-0 TVL-opening loss against Escalon at Stouffer Field.

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 13, 2014 1:06 a.m.

RIPON – Ripon’s Trans Valley League opener didn’t pan out well for the Indians Wednesday evening at Stouffer Field.

Ripon (3-2-1 overall, 0-1 Trans Valley League) played solid defensively, but freshman goalie Amanda Evans got caught in a bad position on two separate occasions during the final 15 minutes, which lifted the visiting Cougars to a 2-0 victory.

“I thought a little bit of nerves stepped in and took over in the first half,” Escalon’s head coach Jamie Peoples said. “But we stuck in there and played hard and battled – and got through the first half, thank goodness.”

Ripon outshot the Cougars (5-1, 2-0) 11-8 and had plenty of opportunities to take the lead in the first 40 minutes. The Indians’ junior forward Jordyn Wall attempted the team’s first shot on frame in the ninth minute and nearly set up an assist to sophomore forward Haley Simmons. Simmons received the drop-back pass and fired a 30-yard shot that was saved in the 13th minute.

Wall also came close to scoring the game’s first goal during the 35th minute, which was the Indians’ best scoring opportunity overall. Ripon junior Sara Souza set up a beautiful pass that sailed in front of the net and after a high bounce, Wall had an open look at a header that was fired wide left.

“We had our opportunities to finish and we didn’t,” Ripon’s first-year girls soccer head coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “If (Wall puts) that header in it is 1-0 and it’s a different game.”

Evans (three saves) didn’t give up a score until the 65th minute when Escalon’s Vanessa Kualapai placed a corner kick right in front of the box. After Evans took a bad angle, the Cougars’ Anna Lena Simson made it 1-0 by knocking in a header.

Escalon’s second goal came three minutes later when Piper Rockwell fired a shot from a little less than midfield (45 yards) that flew over the outstretched arms of Evans and just under the top-cross bar.

“The best time to score is right after you score,” Peoples said. “Just go at them because their spirits are down and we’re up. “(Ripon) battled the whole game. That’s the sign of a good team.”

Ripon’s junior defender Zaire Davis played stout defense against Escalon forward Jackie Valeriano and broke up several potential scoring drives from the Cougars’ wings.

“(Davis) is not afraid to tangle with anyone,” DeBruyn said. “She’s physical and she’ll shut down any good forward.”

Ripon senior Jessica Carmona had a shot on goal in the 56th minute, which was the Indians’ final chance to take the lead before Escalon struck first.

The Indians will visit Hughson Friday at 4 p.m. and will host Modesto Christian next Wednesday.

“We fought hard, but finishing is something we struggle with,” DeBruyn concluded. “I thought defensively -- two fluke goals, a (45) yard bomb and off a corner kick --  I think we defended them well.”

Valley Oak League

Sierra 2, Oakdale 1

The Timberwolves’ senior captain Sydnee Canales delivered the equalizer and the eventual game-winning goal for Sierra (2-2-1, 1-0) in the league opener. Both of Canales’ goals were unassisted and her game-tying goal was in the 48th minute that she netted after dribbling through multiple defenders.

Canales’ second goal was a shot from 30 yards out in the 63rd minute and was hoisted right after stealing the ball from an Oakdale fullback. The Mustangs (1-3-3, 0-1) took a 1-0 at halftime but couldn’t close out the T’Wolves, who will host their own Vern Gebhardt Cup Tournament Friday and Saturday. Sierra sophomore goalie Emma Broderick finished with eight saves.

“(Oakdale) is a tough place to win (at),” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “It was a great win for us. Canales had a huge game, she was Player of the Game.”

Nonleague

Manteca 2, Lincoln 1

The Buffaloes (3-0-1) took a 1-0 lead into the locker rooms thanks to a Stephanie Gonzalez goal off a Harleen Pabla cross. Manteca went up 2-0 during the second half after Fechi Nkwocha assisted a Leah Manuleleua volley. Manteca, which received five saves from goalie Jasmine Basuil, will open up VOL at home against Weston Ranch next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Trans Valley League

Ripon Chr. 8, Denair 0

The Knights’ freshman-sophomore tandem of Abby Buitrago and Cynthia Van Vliet combined for all of their team’s sores. Ripon Christian (5-1-1, 1-0) took a 5-0 advantage into the half as sophomore Jessica Van Vliet and Kyra Adams anchored the Knights defensively. Ripon Christian will host Gustine on Friday at 4 p.m..

Frosh-soph

Sierra 3, Oakdale 0

McKenna Doyle netted two goals for the Timberwolves and Brianna Osegura had one in a shutout.

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