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Team game back in focus for Ripon

McFadden, Perkins and Jacobs put on show as Indians advance

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Team game back in focus for Ripon

Thalia Bobadilla and Renae McFadden (17) celebrate the striker's first goal which made the score 2-0 Tuesday at Park View Elementary. Ripon went on to defeat Linden, 4-0.


POSTED May 13, 2009 1:58 a.m.
RIPON — Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the Ripon Indians were looking to get back into the flow of things after a loss to Hughson at the end of the Trans Valley League season had exposed a few previously unseen flaws in Ripon’s team game.

With an eye on passing first, Ripon’s vaunted front line of Renae McFadden, Meredith Perkins and Kallie Jacobs was flawless in the first round Tuesday at Park View Elementary, spearheading an attack that produced two goals in each half for a convincing 4-0 shutout of Linden.

McFadden, who is currently ranked No. 2 in California in goals scored by, racked up scores 42 and 43 — the first coming just 14 minutes in on a give-and-go to and from center-mid Thalia Bobadilla.

“We stuck within our system,” McFadden said. “We believe in passing. Against Hughson it was obvious we weren’t organized. We just need to stick with our game, stick the passing and not worry about the other team, or what they have.”

What Linden had Tuesday was perhaps its best player, Samantha Bracksieck, buried along the back line contending with McFadden for the most of the afternoon.

Down 2-0 at half after Perkins lofted a perfectly-placed 35-yarder over Erikka Diarte’s head in the 17th minute, Linden sent Bracksieck to center-mid hoping to ignite the offense.

All the move did, however, was open up the top for Ripon (22-1-1 overall), and McFadden took advantage six minutes into the second half off a beautiful cross from Perkins.

“We came ready to play,” Ripon head coach Jose Bobadilla said. “The loss we suffered against Hughson woke us up. We had to come back to the passing game and become a team again.

“(Today) I saw the team that I saw at the beginning of the season.”

Perkins was on point once again just five minutes later, this time hooking up Jacobs for a fourth goal and sending Bracksieck back to sweeper.

Ripon outshot the Lions, 25-2, in a clean contest that saw only seven fouls called, six on the home squad.

“The front worked well, we scored the goals that we needed to score,” Bobadilla said. “The defense held. The midfield worked well. Everything was working like a little machine.”

Diarte finished with 10 saves, and Bracksieck had one of her own when she thwarted a blistering McFadden shot late.

“We knew how important this game was,” Bobadilla said. “I told them, ‘Let’s take them one at a time.’ We can’t think about who’s coming, or where we’re going. And we did that. We played a great game today.”

The win sets up a rematch with familiar postseason foe Hilmar, which knocked off Amador Tuesday, 2-0.

The Yellowjackets beat Ripon in the section finals two years ago in a contest the Indians felt they should have won.

Last season, Hilmar squeaked out of Ripon with an overtime win on a goal that many felt was scored offsides.

Ripon will travel to Hilmar Thursday at 4 p.m.

On the other side of the D-V bracket, Central Catholic beat Hughson and Patterson toppled Mother Lode League No. 1 Bret Harte, 2-0.

The Tigers travel to Modesto to meet the Raiders Thursday.

The section championship will be played Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
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