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Ripon High's Katherine Ratto, Thalia Bobadilla, Kallie Jacobs, and Renae McFadden celebrated the overtime goal that ended up giving the Indians the section title.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED May 17, 2009 12:52 a.m.
STOCKTON — A few years ago, Bryce Perkins predicted big things from the Ripon High girls varsity soccer team.

The Indian assistant coach was banking on the promising young group of Renae McFadden, Thalia Bobadilla, Kallie Jacobs, Morgan Torres-Unger, and Kelsie Meeuwse, to name a few.

At Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game at Lincoln High’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium, Perkins finally saw his prediction fulfilled as Ripon brought home the school’s first-ever soccer title with a 1-0 overtime victory over Central Catholic.

Jacobs’ kick from the far left corner floated in the direction of McFadden, who entered the game as the second leading scorer in the state with 44 goals. McFadden, who stood nearly face-to-face with the Raider goalie about three minutes into the extra session, may have caught a cleat on the ball that accounted for the game’s only score.

Jacobs was credited with the goal.
“I can’t say it was my best kick ever,” she said. “I was just trying to shoot the ball.”

Added Perkins: “It was just one of those quirky kicks.”

According to Ripon head coach Jose Bobadilla, his team came in prepared for a close match where anything was possible.

“We knew the game could go either way,” he said.

Ripon (24-1-1) last appeared in the section finals in 2007, losing 1-0 to Hilmar.

Central Catholic came out on the attack early on, but saw some of its shot tries gobbled up by Torres-Unger, who came up with three saves in the first 14 minutes.

Shortly after the break, the Raiders’ Ana Hernandez saw open shot try kick off the post.

Meanwhile, both teams also had to deal with the heat-absorbing synthetic turf that reached triple-digit temperatures by game time. Action was temporarily halted when Ripon’s Lauren Goeppert needed treatment after suffering a heat-related incident.

In the final 20 minutes of regulation, Torres-Unger made several stops, including a well-timed jump to deflect a shot by Maddy Meyer and a grab of Katelyn Ketchum’s goal try.

Even when the Indian goalie was caught out of position, she received help from her teammates, including Kate Isganitis, who got there just in time to kick away a goal attempt.

“I’m always asking them to be right behind me,” Torres-Unger said.

Bobadilla praised his goalie.
“This was no different from Morgan’s other games,” he said. “She comes ready to play.”

Torres-Unger knew she couldn’t let up in the big game.

“If I made one mistake it could cost us the game,” she said.

In the end, Torres-Unger and her teammates found away to deliver both a win and championship to Ripon High.
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