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Missed PK hurts Ripon against TVL’s best

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POSTED October 8, 2010 1:56 a.m.
Ripon High had the shots, but the only ones that matter are the ones that go in.
The Indians’ season-long struggle on offense hit a new low Thursday during their 5-2 loss to host Hilmar, the Trans Valley League’s first-place team.

Ripon (2-3-2 TVL, 6-9-3 overall) had a chance to tie the match at 2 late in the first half after Zach Slamon got taken down in Hilmar’s penalty box, but the resulting penalty kick went directly to the keeper.

Hilmar (6-1, 10-4-4) struck just missed later for a 3-1 lead.

“I could feel a little bit of the wind leave my guys when we missed that PK,” Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “I can’t say it didn’t affect us, because it definitely did.
“What it came down to was that every nice opportunity (Hilmar) went in. We had good opportunities, but we can’t seem to get them in. It’s just been an unlucky year.”

The Indians showed signs of life in the second half. Three minutes in, Arik Anaya delivered a cornerkick cross that was headed in by Tamin Shetab. Hilmar netted the insurance goals with under 10 minutes left, when Ripon opened itself up to counterattacks by concentrating its efforts on the attacking third.

Slamon scored Ripon’s first goal in the 23rd minute, with Brett Clark on the assist.

After a bye on Tuesday, Ripon encounters second-place Escalon at Mistlin Sports Complex on Oct. 14. Ripon last battled Escalon to a scoreless draw, but the Indians can’t afford too many ties over their final five matches if they want to sneak into the top three of the standings for a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.

“Losing today does not help our chances of winning a league title, but if we can beat Escalon at home that strengthens our chances for the playoffs,” DeBruyn said.

Southern League
Mariposa 5, Ripon Christian 1
The Knights (1-7, 3-12) hung tough in the early going of the road match, but Mariposa tallied four of its goals, including two over the final two minutes of play, in the second half to run away with it.

Tim Hoeksema struck for RC’s only goal in the 75th minute to close the team in, 3-1.

Kolby Southwood had a hat trick for the Grizzlies.

Valley Oak League
Manteca 9, Kimball 0
On Wednesday, the Buffaloes (5-1-2)  made easy work of visiting Kimball.

Eduardo Alvarado and Erick Alvarado fired in two goals apiece, while Ramon Rodriguez had one goal and two assists.

Others contributing a goal were Cameron Crippen, Nacho Valdovinos, Onacis Rios and Luis Ayala.
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