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Top-seeded Central Catholic shuts out Ripon

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POSTED May 9, 2014 12:35 a.m.

Ripon’s season has ended at Central Catholic for a second straight year.

In Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff opener, the Indians were unable to take advantage of early opportunities and had costly defensive breakdowns en route to a 3-0 defeat.

“That was the best offensive team we faced this year, but we didn’t help our cause defensively,” said Jamie DeBruyn, who completed his first year as Ripon’s girls varsity head coach. “We knew we were going to have to play mistake-free in the back and we didn’t do that. They’re the No. 1 seed for a reason.”

Eighth-seeded Ripon (10-4-5) was in control for the first 10-15 minutes but couldn’t get off any solid shots. Central Catholic (14-2-3) deflated the Indians with two quick goals midway through the opening half.

Taylor Osanya buried the Raiders’ first goal in the 20th minute after the Ripon defense twice failed to clear the ball away from it penalty area. About a minute later, Chloe Peepgrass struck with the first of her two goals. She later put the game out of reach in the 56th minute. Peyton Kelley contributed two assists for Central Catholic.

“For the first 15 minutes or so we were outshooting them and winning the midfield,” DeBruyn said. “Then we went into this lull and gave up that first goal. I think we were a little shell shocked for a second, because we weren’t ready for the next one.”

The Indians put forth a better effort over the final 40 minutes, but not enough to threaten the 2013 section finalists, who shut out Ripon 2-0 last season.

Sam Brooks and Amanda Evans split time at goal and combined for seven saves. Central Catholic outshot Ripon 13-12 but had the better opportunities on frame.

The good news for Ripon is that it will return more than enough talent to return to the postseason and possibly make an even deeper run.

“We lose Morgan Carrico in the middle, one of our captains, and Jessica Carmona on the wing, but the rest are sophomores and juniors,” DeBruyn said. “We have a solid core that will be back, and Amanda Evans really stepped up this year for us and added a lot to the team as a freshman. The future is bright.”

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