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RC avenges loss, will play for title

Abby Buitrago of Ripon Christian gets a shot off past Alexandra Jimenez of Holt Academy-Stockton in a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

DAVE CAMPBELL/ The Bulletin/

POSTED May 15, 2014 12:33 a.m.

RIPON – History was not going to repeat itself – the Ripon Christian girls soccer team was going to see to that.

After going 3-1 in a tournament back in March, the Knights have lost only one more game this season. That tournament loss was to Holt Academy-Stockton and the two teams met again Wednesday in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII semifinal playoff contest at Ripon Christian. The Knights took care of business this time, never trailing in a dominating 4-1 win.

“They were one of our two losses this year so that was a little motivation for us,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Tameling said. “I would rather win at the end of the year then at the beginning of the year.

“It was huge to come out here on the home field and go up with a 3-0 lead – that was big going into halftime.”

Abby Buitrago was in on two goals in a two-minute time span for the Knights (20-2-1). At the 15-minute mark, Buitrago took a shot that was blocked by a Bobcats defender. Buitrago covered the loose ball and pushed it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, Buitrago fired a cross through a crowd in front of the Holt Academy net to Courtney Bloemhof who caromed the ball past the Bobcats goalie to double the Ripon Christian lead.

“We had to play through the heat because we really wanted this one,” Buitrago said.

“I missed that first shot so I really wanted to get it in for the first goal.”

With the Knights ahead 3-1 late in the game, Buitrago took a pass from Adri Van Groningen and took the Bobcats goalie one-on-one, firing the ball into the corner of the net for the game’s final score.

“Adri passed it and I thought that we needed to score one more to make sure we moved on,” Buitrago said. “So I just took my time and went for the corner.”

Van Groningen had not forgotten about the early season success for Holt Academy (12-6-1).

“We came in knowing that we lost to them earlier in the season,” Van Groningen said. “We had some girls out with injuries and some still in basketball, but we knew we had to fight to get this win.”

Jessica Beukelman also scored on an assist from Samantha Carvahlo.

Ripon Christian will play Millenium-Tracy on Saturday for the championship at Lincoln High in Stockton at noon.

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