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Gonzalez gets hat trick in 1st 4 minutes of boys game

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Ripon’s Armando Garcia shoots the ball past Ripon Christian’s Cullen Burris (10).


POSTED December 23, 2017 12:28 a.m.

RIPON — Hat tricks are not uncommon in soccer. Hat tricks tallied in less than five minutes are.
Hector Gonzalez fired three goals in four minutes Friday and added a fourth to lead Ripon’s boys soccer team to a 9-0 non-league win over host Ripon Christian. 
Ripon swept the doubleheader, with the girls team beating the Knights 6-1 in the nightcap.
After Nico Wall scored on an Elfredo Limon assist in the eighth minute, two minutes later Gonzalez began his scoring barrage with an unassisted goal followed by a score on a rebound and a goal off of an assist from Hunter Taberna for a 4-0 lead in the 14th minute. Gonzalez added another goal in the second half.
“We controlled the game,” Gonzalez said. “And when I had an opportunity to shoot it I shot it.”
Limon scored twice — once on a rebound in the first half and again in the second half when he relayed a corner kick from deep on the wing in an arcing shot into the net.
“I saw no defenders coming so I called for it,” Limon said of his last goal. “I took the opportunity, I called for it, I saw the opening, took one touch and I shot it.
“We played our game with quick touches and looking for gaps.”
Armando Garcia and Joshua Veltkamp each added a goal for Ripon and Kennedy Calderon had an assist. 
“It was a good performance,” Indians coach Gabe Keenan said. “I was pretty happy with the way we played.
“They are getting better with my system, they are playing a little faster, they are looking for the through passes behind the defenders a lot more consistently so we generated a lot of chances today. It was a good game.”
Ripon (3-6) launched 46 shots with 30 of those on goal. Kalvin Gerdes had 21 saves for the Knights (3-7-1). Ripon Christian had just two shots with one of those on frame.
“We have a few guys out due to injury right now,” Knights coach Christian Manes said. “And this is a good Ripon team, and it was hard to get the ball moving for us.”
Megan Johnson scored twice and assisted two goals in the rout for the Indians (5-4)
“It was fun and we had a good time,” she said. “Our passing game was better tonight. I think we just finished better than we normally do and we are getting in the flow of things.”
Deanna Sandoval gave Ripon a 1-0 lead seven minutes in on an unassisted goal, and by the end of the first half the Indians led 4-0 behind an unassisted Devany Dougherty goal, a goal by Johnson assisted by Cindy Alvarez and an Alvarez goal assisted by Johnson.
“We try to build on things we are already good at,” Indians coach Nicole Meyer said. “And we challenged ourselves with things we needed to improve on. That was kind of the focus going into the season so we could see what we needed to master before our first league game which is Escalon.”
Ariana Scholten had a hand in both second-half goals for Ripon, one assisting Johnson and one on an assist from Johnson.
The Knights (5-5) got on the board in the 59th minute. Trailing 5-0, Brittany Bloemhof penetrated the Indians box and fired off a shot that drew a handball penalty. Bloemhof took the penalty kick and got the ball in the net to make the score 5-1.
“We were able to put some pressure on them,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Tameling said. “We got a goal and we got a few shots down there. The girls played hard and they played well. I don’t think the score is indicative of how well we played.”
Emma Cormier had 12 goalie saves for the Knights and Ashley Pugh and Sophia Shaw tallied two apiece for the Indians.

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