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Ripon faces stiffer challenge from MC

Bobadilla assists goals to help keep team unbeaten

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POSTED March 31, 2009 5:03 a.m.
RIPON — Ripon High’s unbeaten girls soccer team didn’t have it so easy the second time around, but that is to be expected.

The Indians kicked off the second of three Trans Valley League rounds with a 2-0 victory over revamped Modesto Christian, which recently added players from its Northern California championship basketball team.

Ripon (7-0, 14-0-1 overall) previously beat the Crusaders (2-4-1, 3-6-2) 4-1 on March 11.

“I’m surprised Modesto Christian is 2-4-1,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “That team is going to be a spoiler for the rest of the season.

“Bernie Licata is a good coach that’s not going to be fooled too many times. I expect it to get tougher as we go on. Teams will make their adjustments — they’re going to learn how to defend us and attack what we have.”

Defensive stopper Thalia Bobadilla assisted both of Ripon’s goals — one to Kallie Jacobs in the 25th minute, and the other to Renae McFadden in the 52nd.

Kelsey Meeuwse, Tessa Spyksma, Kate Isganitis and Bobadilla helped goalie Morgan Unger-Torres (five saves) pick up her sixth shutout of the year.

The Indians outshot the Crusaders 22-10, and Perkins said they would have had more of a convincing victory had it not been for MC netminder Katie Foster.

With about 10 minutes to go, Foster recorded two of her 10 saves on one play. McFadden, playing off a through ball from Meredith Perkins to set up a 1-on-1, had her point-blank shot deflected by Foster.

McFadden collected the loose ball and tried to chip it over the goalie, who got enough of her hand on it to push it over the crossbar.

“I’ve got to hand it to (Foster), she had a heck of a game for them,” coach Perkins said.

The Indians expect another tough match against second-place Hughson on the road Monday.

Baseball

Manteca 20, Lathrop 5

In Lathrop, Jaime Christopherson led the host Spartans with two hits, a run and an RBI. Manteca rapped out a total of 11 hits.

Freshman

Manteca 14, Lathrop 0

In Lathrop, Alex Martinez (three innings) and Felix Hernandez combined on a one-hitter to lead the Buffaloes’ five-inning victory. Thanks to a double-play, the pitching tandem faced the minimum of batters on just 48 pitches.

Mikey Matthews led Manteca (5-0 Valley Oak League, 10-2 overall) with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, three steals and two RBIs. Alex Martinez plated three runs, and Danny Gouveia knocked in another three. Zach Menassco scored a pair and drove in a pair.

Manteca takes on undefeated Sonora on the road today.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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