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Ripon continues domination of former TVL rival RC

Ripon Christian goalkeeper Jacob Meeuwse stumbles while trying to beat Ripon's Jack Brierly to the loose ball.


POSTED August 31, 2010 2:42 a.m.
RIPON — Keith Terpsma doesn’t know what to expect this season when his Ripon Christian boys soccer team heads into Southern League play for the first time.

So in preparation for a whole new set of opponents, he scheduled his Knights to square off against some familiar ones starting with neighboring rival Ripon, which they haven’t beaten since 2005.

With two senior defenders out, host Ripon Christian could only hang with Ripon for so long Monday in its 7-1 loss, but it was, at the very least, a good measuring stick for where his team stands in the early season.

The Knights (0-1) will face other former Trans Valley League foes in the coming week: perennial TVL contender Escalon at home on Wednesday, Modesto Christian on the road Friday and Hughson on Sept. 9.

“That’s the reason why we’re facing these teams, so we can get some good competition at the beginning of the season, see this level of play and rise to it, hopefully,” Terpsma said. “Hopefully that can help us for the Southern League.”

Despite the lopsided score, Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn likes what he sees out of the RC’s young lineup that features three sophomores and two freshmen.

Scott Faurè answered Ripon’s first goal, scored by Alex Vitale, in the 12th minute to tie it. The Indians did pour in six more goals after that, but RC had chances to add more of its own.

“They settled down at points, it seemed like (Ripon’s goals) came at waves,” DeBruyn said. “They’d settle down and regroup and go back and forth with us for a while.

“They’re young, but they have a couple returning guys back at key positions. I have a lot of senior leadership, and that’s the difference right there.”

Vitale was one of three Indians (1-0-1) to finish with multiple goals. Starting goalkeeper Bryant Macias, filling in for Tim Combley in the box, netted two goals and two assists — all coming during a 17-minute stretch in the second half.

Justin Scott scored Ripon’s final two in the 70th and 75th minutes. Zach Slamon wound up with a goal and an assist. Defender Cesear Nuno assisted one of Vitale’s goals and replaced Macias at goal in the second half.

Combley is questionable for the remainder of the week after getting struck in the head in Ripon’s season opener against Central Catholic last Friday. He played that entire match but complained of dizziness afterward. Combley and DeBruyn are awaiting word on the extent of the injury.

“We don’t know anything for sure, but I’m taking precautionary (measures),” DeBruyn said. “He’s out today and Wednesday (vs. Calaveras) for sure, and we’ll assess Thursday going into the Manteca tournament.”
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