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Ripon pulls away from RC in victory

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POSTED April 15, 2010 3:04 a.m.
RIPON – The Ripon Indians didn’t waste any time in announcing their presence Wednesday at Park View Elementary when Renae McFadden planted a Kallie Jacobs pass into the back of the Ripon Christian net in the game’s sixth minute.

But the Knights didn’t waste any time in answering back.

In the seventh minute, Ashley Roberts fed Kirsten Lown a pass that evened the score and gave every indication that that Ripon Christian – who have lost routinely to Ripon High since the two started playing one another – wasn’t ready for the status quo.

“They were invigorated, and they came right back at us with everything they had,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “It was a well fought game on Ripon Christian’s part.”

Ultimately, however, the senior-heavy Ripon lineup (7-0-1 Trans Valley League, 11-2-2 overall) would take control of the game.

Kallie Jacobs broke the tie in the game’s 10th minute on after planting a double pass that was fed to her by Renae McFadden. Jacobs would net one an after feeding Lauren Goeppert a pass, and McFadden took advantage of a penalty kick in the game’s 27th minute to give Ripon a 4-1 lead.

The Knights (1-6-2, 7-6-2) still refused to let up.

After pushing the ball upfield laterally and spreading out Ripon’s defense, Kathryn Van Groningen fed a pass to Roberts that she would sneak into the back of the net before the half and cut Ripon’s lead to a pair.

Stingy defense on both sides proved to be the strategy of the second half before Ripon put the game away in the 71st minute with a Renae McFadden goal that came from a Lauren Goeppert pass.

“There were a lot of midfield battles in the second half, and Ripon Christian did a really good job of holding us to the midfield before we got a chance to break away,” Perkins said. “We’ve got a powerful group of seniors, and while we’re still dealing with injuries – and we’re without two key defenders tonight – we’ve got a group of girls that are very tough to beat.

“They seem like they’re coming together at the right time to provide the leadership that’s needed for a team that’s headed to the playoffs.”

Ripon Christian was able to secure 12 shots on goal against Ripon, more than any other team in the TVL this season, and net two goals – the most they’ve allowed in league play in two years.

Ripon outshot the Knights 26-12.

Ripon – who holds a one-game lead over the Hughson in TVL action – will play what most likely be their most important game of the season on Monday when they host the Huskies at Park View Elementary at 4:30 p.m.

—Jason Campbell
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