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POSTED September 22, 2010 2:22 a.m.
The silver lining to Ripon High’s scoreless tie against host Escalon in Trans Valley League play Tuesday was that game had little semblance to their previous meeting.
In the championship match of the Ripon Christian Classic on Sept. 11, Escalon (0-1-1, 8-2-2 overall) dominated in a 2-0 victory.

Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn felt his team was the aggressor in the rematch Tuesday, but offensively the Indians (0-0-1, 4-7-2) produced the same result. Aside from their 7-1 blowout of rival Ripon Christian in a non-league match, they haven’t scored more than three goals in a match all season.

“I can’t really complain because in our last couple of games we’ve been making poor decisions defensively, so the shutout is nice,” Ripon coach Jaime DeBruyn said. “But we have to find the back of the net.”

The Indians couldn’t convert on many point-blank opportunities. A few were simply shanked wide of the goal. Some nicely-mounted runs were a touch away from a goal. Others went one touch too many, allowing for Escalon to clear the ball away from danger.

“We’re passing well, but there must have been an invisible brick wall in front of Escalon’s goal today,” DeBruyn said. “We had a lot of golden opportunities to score.”

Goalkeeper Tim Combley recorded six saves in the Indians’ third clean sheet of the season.

Southern League
LeGrand 6, Ripon Christian 1
Defending champion LeGrand staggered the host Knights (0-3, 2-8) early with three unanswered goals.

In the final minute of the first half, Christian Manes served up a pass from 40 yards out with Dylan Van Vliet waiting on the receiving end for the finishing header.

Jacob Meeuwse and Jon Vander Molen combined for 12 saves for Ripon Christian. Ruben Cerna led the LeGrand attack with two goals.
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