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Ripon soccer tops Mountain House in Trans Valley play

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POSTED February 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Ripon High boys’ soccer squad came away with a 2-0 Trans Valley League win Monday over visiting Mountain House.

Armando Garcia had a goal and an assist and Ricky Alvarez produced the first Indians score.

But it was the backline that kept the Mustangs in check.

“They did a good job possessing the ball and they played smart,” said Ripon coach Gabe Keenan, praising the collective defensive efforts of Luis Rodriguez, Evan Johnson, Nolan Hillman, Kennedy Calderon, and Nico Wall.

The Indians (4-5-2 TVL, 7-12-2) finally got on the score board in the 59th minute.

Garcia power-drove a direct kick that came in the direction of Alvarez, who fired in the shot from close range.

Mountain House (2-9 TVL, 2-20) kept the game close until the 77th minute.

That’s when Ripon added a little insurance.

Garcia took a pass from Rodriguez, getting the angle to convert the goal.

The Indians, who were really never threatened throughout the game, took it from there, sailing through the closing minutes.

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