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Anaya leads Ripon in drubbing MC
Ripon forward Alec Vitale prepares to launch a cross with Modesto Christian defender John Hickerson on his heels. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
RIPON – All that stood between Ripon and an undefeated preseason was a 5-4 shootout loss in the Big Valley Tournament championship.

The Indians kept another unbeaten streak alive Wednesday with an 8-0 beat down of Modesto Christian on the second day of Trans Valley League play.

Freshman Arik Anaya took part in the Indians’ first five goals as he set up David Paden in the 10th minute, Alec Vitale in the 35th, and scored on assists from Vitale and Matty Gay twice in the 18th, 32nd and 42nd minutes.

“It was a busy day for Arik, which was good to see,” Ripon head coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “We had him as midfield for the past few games, but we missed him up front.”

Ripon’s defense was stifling, as Tim Combley only had three saves.

Vitale made it 6-0 in the 49th minute off a help from Bryant Macias, who also hooked up Matt Ratto in the 65th, and scored his own goal unassisted a minute later.

“We passed the ball well,” DeBruyn said. “We didn’t try to dribble through them.”

Ripon (2-0 TVL, 13-1 overall) heads to Ripon Christian Monday.

Riverbank 4, Ripon Christian 0

In Riverbank, RC keeper Ben De Ruiter did well to stop nine shots, but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Knights struggled on the offensive end and fell.

The Knights host Ripon Monday.

— Brandon Petersen