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Ripon Christian downs Delhi after slow start

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Ripon Christian downs Delhi after slow start

Ripon Christian’s Janine Prins (12) works around Delhi’s Paloma Mendez.


POSTED December 14, 2017 1:06 a.m.

RIPON — Having gone 51 straight matches without a loss in Southern Athletic League play, the Ripon Christian girls soccer team found itself in a strange position to start its match with Delhi on Wednesday — behind. 

The Hawks’ Alia Jiminez pounded one in the back of the Knights net not even 2 minutes in before Ripon Christian bounced back for the 3-1 SL win. 

“We talk a lot about how we come out for the first five minutes of every game or every half,” Knights coach Kevin Tameling said. “Obviously, with the first league game on our home field that is not what we wanted to happen. We made some adjustments after that goal with our lineup and our formation and that helped alleviate some pressure. 

“The big thing is we were able to press them and they were not able to release the ball all game. We had some players step up big today like Alysia Templeman being in the right spot at the right time. That is why she is up there because she loves to press forward and she does a great job.”

In the eighth minute Rachel Oosterman tied the contest for Ripon Christian (2-0 SL, 3-4 overall) with an unassisted goal before Templeman and Bethany Silveira stepped up for the Knights with Silveira assisting Templeman on goals at 18 and 28 minutes.   

Templeman’s second goal was anything but a routine cross. Silveira sent a cross to Brittney Bloemhof that was off the mark, but Templeman was there to scoop it up and tap it in, even though the goalie flat-backed her. 

“I thought my pass to Brittney was going out for sure and then Alysia came in,” Silveira said. “She got trucked by the goalie and still made it in.

“She is always there for me even when I don’t expect her to be there. She got the tap in and there we go.”

Templeman works on being where she needs to be. 

“Í wanted to be ready just in case,” Templeman said. “This felt pretty good tonight and it was exciting.”

The Knights’ attack was dominating with 21 shots – 14 of them on goal – to just six total shots for Delhi (0-1-1, 0-1-1). 


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