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Brierly scores twice as Ripon beats Escalon
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Ripon High’s boys soccer team has had little success against Escalon over the years.

The Indians hope Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over the Cougars at Park View Elementary is a sign of that changing.

They are especially hoping that their recent play is a sign of a midseason turnaround. They lost their first nine nonleague matches before winning their final two in the Ripon Christian Tournament.

But last Thursday, Ripon (1-1, 3-10) opened Trans-Valley League play with a 3-0 loss at Hilmar. All three of the Indians’ overall wins were shutouts.

Jack Brierly did the damage for Ripon on the offensive end Tuesday, scoring in the 16th and 23rd minutes. Escalon (0-2, 3-8) had also great chances in the first half. The Cougars were thwarted on two scoring opportunities in particular: one by goalkeeper Henk Gaalswyk on a 1-on-1 breakaway, and the other by Andre Dedonatis, who cleared the ball away from the goal line.

“It’s a big one,” Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn said. “Escalon has had our number for a numerous years, but we also know that we are going to have some big games the next two weeks. It’s always nice pitching a shutout against any team in the TVL, and hopefully we have something to build on going into Hughson on Thursday.”

Southern League

Le Grand 6, Ripon Christian 0

The Knights (0-3, 4-6) are off to a rough start in conference play after some promising nonleague efforts.

Le Grand (1-2) landed the first blow early, scoring twice inside the match’s first five minutes. The Bulldogs led 3-0 at half and struck for two more in fourth and ninth minutes of the second half.

“We tried some different formations and moved some guys around to see if we could get something moving, but it didn’t work,” RC coach Keith Terpsma said. “Le Grand had an answer for everything we tried, and we didn’t have any answers for them today.”