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Indians rebound from first loss with shutout

Macias scores twice, assists two others

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Indians rebound from first loss with shutout

Ripon High striker Bryant Macias unloads a shot on goal after getting past Millennium defenders Oscar Torres and Alfredo Sanchez Tuesday at Mistlin Park. Macias finished with two goals and two assi...


POSTED September 9, 2009 2:03 a.m.
RIPON — Bryant Macias twice crouched and buried his face into his hands in disappointment after botching wide-open goal-scoring opportunities when his Ripon Indians hosted Millennium of Tracy for a non-league match Tuesday at Mistlin Park.

It may seem odd to be frustrated after a one-sided 4-0 victory, but Macias and the rest of the Indians were. By the way, Macias had a hand — or foot? — in every score, as he finished with two goals and assisted the others.

Ripon (7-1), which recovered from its first loss of the season via shootout in the championship game of the Big Valley Tournament Saturday, held a commanding 25-7 advantage in shots attempts, and a whopping 16 of them were on frame.

Millennium goalkeeper Hugo Esquivel had much to do with that. He racked up 10 saves while stuffing a few 1-on-1 opportunities. But several other uncontested shots smacked off the post or were pushed wide or high of the goal.

“We made a lot of good passes, but maybe we just got nervous once we got near the goal,” Macias said.

That was the case Saturday in the Big Valley Tournament’s title match with Faith Christian, which survived Ripon’s relentless attacking runs in the second half and ultimately battled to a scoreless draw in regulation.

Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn will take any win that comes his way, but the recent trend is troubling.

“We passed well, we moved the ball well and built it up,” he said. “But there were probably four or five (opportunities) that we needed to capitalize. We start (Trans Valley) league next week, and if we squander those types of (shots) that could be the difference.”

The goals Ripon did score were all nicely set up, most notably Jared Berglund’s in the 27th minute. Alec Vitale kick started a counterattack on the left side and hit Macias perfectly up the middle. Macias patiently waited for Berglund to make his way down the right touchline and dished it over in stride to make it 2-0 going into halftime.

Matty Gay recorded the first goal just seven minutes in, when Macias stripped a Millennium player of the ball and pushed it ahead for a 35-yard bomb off of Gay’s right foot.

Tim Combley notched his third clean sheet from goal for the Indians, though the Falcons (3-2) did have three wide-open looks that sailed wide.

“Those three shots were really the only ones that they created,” DeBruyn said, “so defensively I thought we played well.”

Ripon heads to Calaveras Thursday and will wrap up its non-league schedule Saturday at the Ripon Christian Tournament. Conference action starts Monday with Hughson.
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