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Fourth straight title in sight for Ripon

Ripon standout Renae McFadden scoots ahead of Hughson defender Savannah Perez in Trans Valley League action Monday. McFadden had four goals and assisted another in the 5-0 Ripon win.


POSTED April 20, 2010 2:43 a.m.
RIPON — Injuries haven’t knocked Ripon High’s soccer team off track in its quest for a fourth straight Trans Valley League championship, and the Indians took another big step to achieve that feat with a 5-0 win over Hughson at Park View Elementary School Monday.

Though three starters left Monday’s match prematurely because of injuries, Ripon (8-0-1, 12-2-2 overall) was able to retain its four-point lead over Escalon (7-2, 10-6) while widening the margin between itself and the always-dangerous Huskies (5-3-1, 6-7-1) of Hughson.

Ripon can cap the second of three five-match rounds of TVL action with a bang Wednesday with a win over visiting Escalon.

“We talked last week about the importance of these games,” Ripon coach Jose Bobadilla said. “If we could get past this week (with two wins) we would be in pretty good shape.

“This gives us a little room to breathe in case something happens. We have three more players hurt after this game, so it’s good to have a cushion to play with.”

Renae McFadden, the area’s leading goal scorer with 25, helped give the Indians all the cushion they needed Monday when she hooked up with Kallie Jacobs for a goal in the second minute.

The rest was all scored by McFadden (35th, 37th, 44th, 77th minutes), with assists coming from Katherine Ratto, Tia Sidtikun twice and Kelsey Nillson for a header.

Morgan Unger-Torres was hardly tested at goal, where she racked up five saves. Ripon outshot the Huskies, 20-9.

“Everybody did their part,” Bobadilla said. “We know what Renae’s capabilities are, but the defense played well and moved the ball to the midfield, and the midfielders moved the ball well to the forwards.

“What can I say about Renae? She steps up every single game and she makes very big contributions to the team, but without the rest of the team she can’t do it all by herself.”

Ripon Christian 1, Riverbank 1
RIPON — The Knights (1-6-2, 7-6-3) dominated Riverbank (0-6-3, 2-9-3) 4-1 in their first meeting this season but were unable to carry it over to Monday’s matchup.

Janelle Engel accounted for RC’s lone goal, but Erica Orellana punched in the equalizer for Riverbank. Beth Van Vliet had 11 saves for the Knights.

“We did not have our best game today against Riverbank,” RC coach Travis Haveman said. “We’ll be ready for them next time; we’re just disappointed to have a wake-up call like this.”

— Jonamar Jacinto

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