RIPON – It was a tale of two halves and the most important moments came in the opening minutes of the second. Ripon expounded on its first half lead by adding a pair of goals in no time, distancing itself from Ripon Christian in a 6-0 win Wednesday.
Both clubs played with the class of a friendly, giving a good effort in what would otherwise be looked at as an uneven playing field. Ripon Christian is waiting on the services of a handful of players, leaving the club shorthanded to say the least.
Ripon is adjusting to its late winter sports acquisitions as well, but the Indians, led by Tia Sidtikun, had no problem taking complete control of the contest early in the second half.
“We had a lot of energy to open the second and we just took advantage of the opportunities that we had,” Sidtikun said. “It is always a fun game since we live in the same town.
“It’s cool that all of us are from here.”
Sidtikun finished with a pair of goals and an assist, guiding Ripon through its early second half success and then playing catalyst in the game’s final 20 minutes of play after it was out of reach.
Ripon Christian showed glimpses of what it hopes to accomplish in Southern League play. Even being outshot 27-1 in the affair, the Knights hustled after each ball, played hard and aggressive and earned the Indians respect in the process.
“We had a lot of players out there that were freshman and have never really played at this level,” Kevin Tameling said. “We pulled some girls up and had some new girls out there on the field, but they worked hard.
“We were a little disorganized, but Ripon is a good team that plays hard and moves the ball well.”
The meeting was a tune-up for both clubs heading into their respective league seasons.
Ripon got its first goal from Jessica Carmona in the sixth minute and went into halftime with a 2-0 lead behind Sidtikun’s first goal. She would add another to open the second half and assist the Indians fourth on a goal from Michelle Cardova. Brooklyn Jaochim added a goal and an own-goal would complete Ripon’s scoring.
“It was good attitudes and good sportsmanship and we expect that because we always play them every year,” Ripon head coach Jose Bobadilla said. “We just try to make it fun, but at the same time find out what we need to correct with our team.
“We enjoy playing them every year, it’s a pretty friendly game; it’s just a preseason game that is good for them and good for us.”