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Indians two victories away from TVL title

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POSTED April 24, 2010 2:37 a.m.
RIPON — The next time Ripon High’s soccer team meets Escalon and Hughson, it should have its fourth straight Trans Valley League championship already clinched.

The Indians coasted past what was supposed to be their toughest week in the second round of regular-season play, ending it with a 5-1 win over second-place Escalon.

Ripon (9-0-1, 13-2-2 overall) widened the gap between itself and its chief competitors in the conference. Escalon (7-3) now trails by seven points with Hughson (6-3-1), which Ripon blanked 5-0 Monday, on its heels.

The title can be clinched with wins over Riverbank and Modesto Christian next week and still three matches remaining.

Kallie Jacobs paced Ripon with three goals and an assist, all of which came in the first half. She struck in the 8th minute and assisted Renae McFadden’s finish off a header in the 14th.

“When one doesn’t score the other does,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said of the team’s prolific scoring tandem. “That moment was a back breaker.”

Jacobs continued her early tear with goals in the 16th and 24th minutes. McFadden capped off the romp in the 79th minute. She, Katherine Ratto and Judy Loogman each turned in an assist.

The makeshift defensive line fared well despite missing freshman sweeper Sam Evans and Kelsey Meeuwse to sprained ankles. Key reserve Rose Beeler was also unavailable.

Morgan Torres-Unger recorded seven saves at goal, and Ripon nearly doubled Escalon’s shot attempts, 23-13.

Melanie Winkler punched in Escalon’s only goal in the 51st minute off a feed from Taylor Morrow.

“We have a respectable bench, so we were able to go against the second-place team and do a good job,” Perkins said.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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