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Second-place Ripon gets payback against Escalon on senior night

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POSTED October 9, 2012 12:46 a.m.

This was more like it.

Ripon High’s boys soccer team avenged a heartbreaking Trans-Valley League-opening loss to Escalon with Monday’s commanding 3-1 victory at Stouffer Field.

It was a big win for the second-place Indians (4-2 TVL, 8-7 overall), who are close to locking up a Sac-Joaquin Section postseason berth with four conference matches remaining. It was especially meaningful to the eight seniors who all started on the team’s final regular-season home game of the season.

“Some of our seniors don’t get to see a whole lot of playing time, but they all played really well together tonight,” Ripon coach Jaime DeBruyn said. “We were pushing the attack and getting some good shots the whole game, and we possessed the ball really well.”

Escalon (2-5, 4-11) gave Ripon an early boost with an own goal. The Indians didn’t need help after that. They doubled the lead in the 33rd minute when defensive midfielder Arik Anaya delivered a long through ball to Matt Uecker, who chased it down off a bounce and half-volleyed it to the net.

Ripon put it out of reach with Jack Brierly’s strong left-foot bomb from 30 yards out in the 61st minute. Hugo Cervantes later accounted for Escalon’s lone goal off a penalty kick.

Southern League

Ripon Christian 5, Denair 1

In Ripon, the Knights (4-3-2, 8-4-3) kept pace in the crowded race for a playoff spot with Monday’s one-sided victory.

Danny Vander Molen scored four of RC’s goals, and the fifth was an own goal against Denair. Max Koetsier, Danny Yu, Jon Vander Molen and Kyle Van Vuren each had an assist. Brayden Van Vuren (4 saves) and Lukas Vermuelen (5 saves) shared time at goal.

Valley Oak League

Lathrop 1, Sonora 0

In Sonora, the Spartans (2-2-5, 8-4-5) got a much-needed victory that keeps them in the running for a playoff berth out of the competitive VOL.

Felipe Gomez netted an unassisted goal in the 61st minute. Goalkeepers Omar Guzman and Masseeh Khairzadah combined for the shutout.

“Once we scored (Sonora) put a lot of pressure on us, and (Khairzadah) made some big saves,” said Lathrop coach Lenny Lial, adding that Guzman got injured early in the second half. “Our defensive played really tough and was able to hold on to the lead.”

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