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Highlight-reel plays propel Ripon soccer

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POSTED March 22, 2014 12:37 a.m.

One sweet goal from Jessica Carmona and a pivotal save on a penalty kick by Samantha Brooks were two big plays that lifted Ripon past host Riverbank 3-0 in a Trans-Valley League girls soccer win Friday.

It’s the second straight shutout for the Indians (2-1-1, 5-2-2), who also pounded winless Modesto Christian earlier this week.

“A win’s a win and we’ll take them when we can get them, especially after last week,” Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “Only getting one point out of two winnable games (against Escalon, Hughson) was kind of frustrating. We needed the wins at this point, because next week is a big week for us.”

Ripon can head into its stretch of three-consecutive road matches, beginning with Orestimba on Wednesday, with momentum thanks to Brooks and Carmona.

Brooks, Ripon’s usual backup, got the nod to start in the goal box Friday, and it paid dividends early on. She helped preserve the one-goal lead that Ripon took into halftime with a key deflection on a PK attempted by Riverbank (0-4, 2-8) in the 29th minute. The Indians scored their first goal in the 14th minute when Hailey Monroe redirected Gia Helppie’s corner kick to the net.

“It was a questionable call for the PK to begin with, but Samantha settled in and was able to react with enough time to block it off,” DeBruyn said.

Monroe recorded a second goal in the 47th minute, finishing off a through ball from Victoria Cabello.

Ripon outshot Riverbank 22-8 overall and had most of its best opportunities go to waste in the opening half.

Carmona didn’t squander hers in the opening minute of the second half. She beat a defender on a breakaway toward the left corner and managed to curl her shot into the opposite panel from the awkward angle.

“As soon as she hit it I looked to the back post and thought, ‘Great, no one is there,’” DeBruyn said. “Then it hit the netting. I don’t know how she got that one in.”

It was what Ripon needed, as a physical Riverbank side continued to play hard and surprise the visitors with its own scoring opportunities. Freshman keeper Amanda Evans came through with two big second-half saves for the Indians.


Ripon 5, Riverbank 0

Defender Sami Hyer was moved to the offensive third for Friday’s contest and her coaches did not regret the decision after she piled up three assists.

Bailey Joachim accounted for two of the team’s goals. Brennedy Ponce, Alex VanderMaaten and Reyna Gamboa scored one each.


Ripon 9, Orestimba 0

The Indians opened their TVL schedule at home Friday and have already matched their win total from a year ago.

Savannah Bickle knocked off Stephanie Souza 6-1, 6-0 in her first match at No. 1 singles. Also worth noting, boys doubles partners Will Hollingsworth and Isaiah Sanchez took down their opponents 6-3, 6-2 for their first career victory as a duo. They went 0-10 in league last season.

Other winners for Ripon: No. 1 boys singles Jeremy Parks (6-0, 6-2), No. 2 boys singles Nathan Machado (6-1, 6-3), No. 2 girls singles Maddison Flanders (6-0, 6-0), No. 1 boys doubles Bryce Coutrakis-Ian Flanders (6-1, 6-0). No. 1 girls doubles Shannon Wesley-Hailey Johnson (6-2, 6-1), No. 2 girls doubles Hailey Rose-Alyssa Demara (6-3, 6-0) and mixed doubles Davis Armstrong-Teresa Martinez (6-3, 6-0).

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