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RC falls short in shootout

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POSTED November 14, 2013 1:38 a.m.

YUBA CITY – Ripon Christian goalie Lukas Vermeulen had four opportunities to propel his squad into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII title game Wednesday evening.

On the contrary, Faith Christian converted all four of those scores with its season on the line, and sophomore Robby Kehla ended it on the 12th round of the shootout, lifting the Lions into the section championship after a 9-8 edge in penalty kicks.

“Anything can happen in a shootout,” Ripon Christian head coach Keith Terpsma said. “That’s what it came down to. It was a tough game, and (Faith Christian) played with a very controlled and active midfield.”

The game nearly made it to halftime scoreless, but Faith Christian (17-6-1) managed to make it a 1-0 contest after sneaking one past Vermeulen in stoppage time.

Faith Christian senior Lorenzo Jiang created the game’s first score with an impressive dribbling display, driving it 60 yards to the net.

Jiang assisted senior Sun Lee in the 40th minute after turning Ripon Christian’s Coleton Hilarides around three times before making the pass to Lee for the score.

After the half, the Knights (14-7-3) scored the equalizer in the 51st minute.

The game was at a standstill for the remainder despite Ripon Christian threatening during the last 15 minutes of regulation and the entire first overtime.

“We played better in the midfield in the second half,” Terpsma said. “We got one of them to fall and needed another one. It didn’t happen. We had plenty of shots. We played a great game, too. It came down to a shootout, and we had to have to have a winner.”

Ripon Christian sophomore Travis Vander Molen scored the game-tying goal after his older cousin Danny Vander Molen (assist) put up the initial shot. Travis was in position for the rebound and nailed it in the top-right shelf past Faith Christian goalie Chase Tollenaar.

“It was a very tough game,” Faith Christian head coach Robert Ripley said. “Both teams were really well balanced. (Ripon Christian) played really hard.”

Travis Vander Molen had two scoring chances in the 75th minute, and so did Cole Brouwer in stoppage time. However, Tollenaar was there for all three of those saves and later as well.

In the first overtime, RC’s Andrew Manes had a shot on goal off a breakaway that was easily blocked. Travis Vander Molen also had a header that was no good to end the first overtime.

In the second extra period, Faith Christian had its opportunities and received shots on goal from Luke Bicknell, Chase Gordon and Jiang.

But Vermeulen came up clutch and sent it to the shootout.

Ripon Christian’s Kyle Colyn, Manes, Brouwer, Travis Vander Molen, Danny Vander Molen, Jake Van Vuren, Tristan Vos, Kyle Van Vuren and Max Koetsier all converted in the shootout.

Tollenaar, the FC goalie, kept his team’s season alive by scoring a penalty kick of his own that tied the shootout at eight apiece.

After Rian Koetsier missed wide left for Ripon Christian, Khela ended it.

“We had a great season,” Vermeulen concluded. “This is one of the best teams we’ve had in 15 years and I was really happy to be on it. I feel like I could have blocked that (last) shot, but stuff happens and we’ll be back next year.”

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