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McFadden goal propels Ripon to second title

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Rose Beeler, with two fingers in the air on each hand, and the rest of the Ripon High girls soccer team celebrate their second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship Saturday at Linco...


POSTED May 23, 2010 2:09 a.m.
STOCKTON — Renae McFadden saved the celebration for later.

She and the Ripon Indians learned their lesson.

McFadden netted the only goal in the 50th minute of Ripon’s 1-0 victory over Linden for the team’s second Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title in as many years Saturday at Lincoln High.

Freshman sweeper Sam Evans set up the play with a long ball, and the agile McFadden slipped behind the Linden defense and flipped it past charging goalkeeper Jillian Winston before pounding it home.

The reaction of her teammates was typical, but there was hardly a smirk on her face. It wasn’t until well after the final whistle that McFadden truly celebrated, engaging in a food fight using cupcakes with her senior teammates.

“I didn’t want to let down,” said McFadden, who is a part of a senior class that has won four straight Trans Valley League titles and back-to-back section crowns. “We eased up in our last game and Central (Catholic) came back with 15 minutes left.”

In the semifinal round Thursday, Ripon (20-2-3), took a 2-0 lead before Central Catholic countered in the second half to tie it. Sophomore Rose Beeler saved the Indians from a heartbreaking loss with the game-winning goal in the 65th minute.

Head coach Jose Bobadilla led Ripon to its first-ever section championship last year, and he said Saturday’s clincher was no less or no more sweet. Ripon also reached the 20-win mark for the fourth consecutive season Saturday.

“They all taste the same,” he said. “It’s exciting. It starts in the beginning of January, and to get to this point this is what you’re doing it for.”

McFadden will graduate as Ripon’s all-time record holder in goals scored, while Morgan Torres-Unger (four saves) leaves as its best-ever goalie after notching her 48th career shutout.

But in the first half the clean sheet No. 48 was in danger of not happening.

Linden (18-4-4) was the aggressor from the start, winning more 50-50 balls while its stifling defense held Ripon without shot until Katherine Ratto’s attempt was stuffed by Winston (four saves) 35 minutes in.

“We didn’t know anything about Linden; we just came ready to play,” Bobadilla said. “They have a very strong team. In the first half we couldn’t get our rhythm together and they were right in our faces.

“We were coming off two tough playoff games that were very physical. We’re a little beat up, but the girls were expecting this. They were beating us to every ball, especially in the air.

 But in the second half it was all Ripon, as it put together its most dominant 40-minute stretch of the postseason. After the converted goal, Thalia Bobadilla, Beeler and McFadden each had chances to extend the lead.

Ripon outshot the Lions 9-3 in the second half and 11-7 overall.  Linden’s top goal scorer, Nicole Martinez, was everywhere in the first half but neutralized by Ripon’s defense and midfielders in the second.
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