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GK Serrano helps Ripon salvage scoreless tie
Ripon Highs Michelle Cordova duels with Cassie Kennedy of Escalon for the ball. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

RIPON – The Ripon High girls soccer squad battled Trans Valley League rival Escalon to a scoreless draw at the Mistlin Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Yvette Serrano helped lead the Indians (0-1-1, 1-3-2) with her 13 saves. Even when she was out of position, Serrano had support from teammates.

“I went for it,” she said of a corner kick by Escalon’s Taylor Morrow in the 52 minute.

Prior to that, Morrow had nearly netted a corner kick.

On this kick, Serrano came out from the goal in attempt to haul in the kick. But the ball escaped her grasp.

Tia Sidtikun, instead, came up with the save, using a header to kick the ball out of the danger area.

Meanwhile, the Cougars’ goalie, Logan La Rossa, recorded three saves. But she, too, had plenty of help, particularly from her sweeper, Haylee Cook.

“She was awesome,” Indians assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “It was tough to get anything past her.”

Escalon (1-0-1, 2-2-1) had plenty of scoring chances early on.

“They had a 6-3 edge (on us) on shots at goal in the first half,” said Perkins. “It evened out later on.”

The Cougars’ Alex Gonzales was in a one-on-one situation only to see her shot attempt get gobbled up Serrano, who managed three saves during a 10-minute span on the tail end of the first half.

She also received some defensive help from the likes of Brittany Maberry, Zaire Davis, and Sidtikun.

Escalon continued to apply the pressure on offense in the second half only to get thwarted each time.

“It was scary yet exciting out there,” Serrano said.

The Cougars came out empty on their 16 shot attempts.

Ripon, meanwhile, managed 10 shots at goal.