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Knights nab first Southern League win

Strong first-half effort leads to blowout

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Knights nab first Southern League win

Ripon Christian's Scott Faure makes his way towards the goal in RC's 5-0 win over Turlock Christian Tuesday in Southern League play.


POSTED September 29, 2010 2:23 a.m.
RIPON – It may have taken the Ripon Christian Knights a little longer than planned, but the squad’s 5-0 Southern League victory over Turlock Christian Tuesday came at the perfect time.

Ripon Christian (1-4 SL, 3-9 overall) struggled in its first four league contests, dropping close ones to Mariposa and Waterford, before getting trounced by LeGrand and Denair. The Knights wasted little time jumping out on Turlock Christian, leading 3-0 after the game’s first 40 minutes.

“I think we came out with a lot of intensity, but our passing still wasn’t there,” Ripon Christian head coach Keith Terpsma said. “Once the guys figured out how to keep the ball on the ground and get it to each other in sequence, that is when it opened up.”

The Knights got stellar play from their mid-fielders, setting up each of the Knights’ first three goals with brilliant passing. It was obvious that Ripon Christian had the superior club, yet they manner in which it went about its business was impressive.

“We just wanted to come out strong and be aggressive,” Ripon Christians’ Scott Fauré said. “We have been trying to get a win for the past couple weeks, so today was our day.
“We moved around a couple of guys, and we were able to find out what clicks.”

The Knights clicked on all aspects of the game, playing virtually the entire first half on the Turlock Christian half of the field. The Eagles (0-5, 0-8) could only get the ball across mid-field twice, with each trip across being short lived. They were able to make progress in the second half, yet still failed to put a shot in the back of the net.

Jon Vander Molen was flawless in the net, going without a scare thru the first half before yielding the net to Mark Van Spronsen who combined in the shutout. Fauré got the Knights on the board with their first goal in the 15th minute, and scored again 20 minutes later. Van Spronsen, Vander Molen and Alex Blankers each added goals.

The Knights will try and keep things rolling as they travel to Delhi Thursday for another SL challenge.

“Today was honestly, the first time we have been able to put two halves together this year,” Terpsma said. “So hopefully, we can put two halves together Thursday against Delhi and these guys go in there with some confidence.

“Knowing that they can compete against these teams.”

Trans Valley League
Ripon 6, Modesto Christian 0
The Indians were able to straighten out some of the issues that have been plaguing them thus far this season, putting together an impressive performance in a 6-0 win over Modesto Christian Tuesday in Trans Valley League play.
The Indians (1-2-1 TVL, 5-8-2 overall) dominated from the opening whistle, going into halftime with a 3-0 lead. Jared Berglund led the club with a pair of goals, while Jared Ratto, Arik Anaya, Justin Scott and Bryant Macias all netted a goal apiece.

Ripon will try and make it back-to-back wins Thursday when they try and take care of business in a visit from the Riverbank Bruins.
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