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Ripon fires away early and often

Escalon can’t keep up with Trans Valley leaders

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Ripon fires away early and often

Ripon midfielder Lauren Goeppert, right, looks for a little elbow room while battling for possession with Escalon's Amanda Franklin.


POSTED March 24, 2009 4:10 a.m.
RIPON — Seven shot attempts, six on goal and five converted.

That was how efficient Ripon’s attack was through 23 minutes of its Trans Valley League match against Escalon Monday at Mistlin Park.

Fleet-footed Renae McFadden’s skills were on display during that torrid stretch. She recorded a hat trick and her ninth multi-goal scoring performance to spearhead the Indians’ 6-1 blowout.

Ripon’s entire front line got in on the fun inside the match’s first 10 minutes, as McFadden, Kallie Jacobs and Meredith Perkins each notched a goal.

Perkins just about walked in her goal in the second minute and was set up perfectly by McFadden’s through pass. After making two nifty moves at the top of the box, McFadden freed herself up for a laser shot for her first score two minutes later.

Ripon (5-0-0, 12-0-1 overall) virtually iced it in the eighth minute when Jacobs trapped Perkins’ cornerkick, juked right and booted it home. Jacobs ended up with two goals, while Perkins added three more assists to her team-leading total of 12.

“They’re not a bad team at all, it was just our day,” Ripon head coach Jose Bobadilla said. “We were able to score quickly and put them away. I think any team would be discouraged after giving up that many goals that early.

“We were able to control the game, relax and get all of our players in.”

Ripon dominated, but that didn’t mean its back line and goalkeeper weren’t tested. Morgan Torres-Unger picked up six saves and a bloody elbow late in the first half after colliding with Escalon forward Esmeralda Gomez.

Escalon’s lone goal was no gimmie. In the 48th minute, Cougar halfback Sierra Duran delivered a well-timed cross from the left touch line and hit Gomez in front of the opposite post for a header.

Ripon added considerable distance from the rest of the TVL with two rounds of regular-season action still to go. Escalon (2-2-1, 5-3-4) came into the match in a second-place tie with Hughson.

With teams like Escalon and Hughson, which the Indians beat 4-0 last week, expected to challenge the defending champions, Bobadilla said he is surprised with how easily his squad established itself as the team to beat.

“We’re not in this position because the teams we’re playing are bad,” he said. “In each game it just seems like we were able to establish our game first, and we’re forcing them to play a little catch-up.”

Ripon kicks off the second round against the dangerous Bruins of Riverbank Wednesday at Park View Elementary.
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