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Ripon falls in title game; RC slips in consolation

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Ripon falls in title game; RC slips in consolation

Ripon High's Alec Vitale battles an Escalon defender during the Indians' 2-0 championship loss to the Cougars.


POSTED September 12, 2010 2:29 a.m.

RIPON – The Ripon Indians did not have a huge offensive breakout during the 30th Annual Ripon Christian-Jerry Terpsma Classic, but the Indians put together enough to earn a spot in the championship where they would fall to the eventual champion Escalon Cougars in a 2-0 loss Saturday.

Ripon went 2-1 in the tourney, knocking off Waterford and Trans Valley League foe Riverbank on their way to the title game.

Escalon proved to be too challenging, jumping out on Ripon 2-0 in the first half and never relinquishing.

“I thought that we played well in the games that we were in today,” Ripon head coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “I think the goals that we gave up were mostly mistakes on our part, so I kind of wish we would have played a little stronger defensively.”

The Indians handles Waterford 1-0, getting its lone goal from Jared Berglund. Ripon continued ahead with a penalty-kick win over Riverbank. The two clubs were tied 1-1 after regulation, but Ripon was able to outlast Riverbank with a 4-3 win in the shootout phase. Indians keeper Tim Combley posted a pair of crucial saves for the Indians, providing the difference in the win.

Ripon (4-6-1) will kick off TVL play Tuesday when they play host to Hilmar High. With postseason aspirations on everyone’s mind, Ripon will likely have to turn its play up a level to compete for the league crown.

“We are going to have to get better at minimizing our mistakes,” DeBruyn said. “But going through a tournament and only scoring two goals, really has me questioning our ability to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Central Catholic 3, Ripon Christian 1
The Knights played their way into the consolation final, but the Raiders scored a pair of goals early in the second-half to cruise past Ripon Christian 3-1 in both clubs’ tournament finale.

Mark Van Spronsen tallied Ripon Christian’s only score on an assist from Scott Faure.

Ripon Christian (2-5) opened tournament play with a 2-0 loss to Forrest Lake Christian, but rebounded with an impressive win over the Valley Oak League’s Lathrop High.

Ripon Christian won 4-3, wining the contest on penalty kicks in bonus play. Faure added a goal in the win, as did Jon Vander Molen who scored twice. Vander Molen also dished out an assist as did teammate Alex Blankers.

Sierra 1, Roseville 0
The Timberwolves rebounded from a tough opening day of the Del Campo Soccer Jamboree and finished strong, posting two wins on the final day of action including a 1-0 win over Roseville Saturday in Sacramento.

Erick Noriega’s second-half goal was enough to lift Sierra to its second consecutive win, and give the club a boost of confidence heading into the VOL opener against Oakdale.

“Yesterday we struggled a little bit,” Sierra head coach Jose Montes said. “We had opportunities in both of those games, but today’s effort was really pleasing to me.

“Our team is really bonding together; I was actually surprised at how well we played against those Division-I schools.”

Sierra suited up alongside some of the better programs in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Forty programs showed up to Cherry Island, where they were broken up into eight groups of 5-team brackets. Sierra closed out its flight No. 2, behind Mission High from San Francisco.

The Timberwolves lost to Mission on day one, but just missed out on the flight championship getting outscored 24-21 in tournament points.

Sierra handled Laguna Creek 1-0, leading into its tournament ending victory.

“These kids are responding well to our system of play,” Montes said. “And that is why we signed up for this tournament, to expose ourselves to Division-I talent and they did extremely well. If the kids’ chemistry continues to get stronger as we go on, who knows how well we can finish.

“It’s just up to them.”
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