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Indians suffer first loss at the feet of Hughson
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RIPON— Hughson hadn’t scored a goal against Ripon in two seasons entering a meaningless late-season Trans Valley League tilt at Mistlin Park Wednesday.

Not only did the Huskies finally find net, but Hughson also handed Ripon its first loss of the season, 3-2.

Hughson held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the contest, and Kallie Jacobs and Renae McFadden tied the contest twice with a goal apiece, but Hughson sent in a dribbling game-winner with eight minutes left to seal it.

Ripon played the contest without any reserves and officially shelved injured center midfielder Ariel Anaya for the season before kickoff.

“I’ve got to hand it to them,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “Nick Martin is a great coach. They played a defensive set with his best offensive players back on defense. It was very effective.”

Ripon outshot the Huskies, 13-6, and had a 6-0 shot advantage before the Huskies took their first attempt, which was converted.

Thalia Bobadilla set up both Jacobs and McFadden with pin-point through balls, but other than that, Hughson nullified Ripon’s passing sequences for much of the afternoon.

Ripon (13-1 TVL, 20-1-1) celebrates Senior Night against Escalon Monday at Mistlin.

Ripon Christian 1, Riverbank 1
Rachel Kinser sent home a beautiful one-touch goal off a pinpoint Ashley Roberts cross in the second half to knot the contest at one apiece.

RC was disappointed afterward, however, as two more attempts clanked off the cross bar.

“Their first-half goal didn’t slow us down,” RC head coach Travis Haveman said. “We kept playing excellent soccer throughout.”
The Knights (0-11-3 TVL, 4-13-3) were hoping to leapfrog the Bruins in the standings with a win, but will now have to knock of Modesto Christian to accomplish the task.

“The way we’ve been playing lately, we can definitely make that happen,” Haveman said. “Either way, despite a losing record, we’ve had a decent season and we’ve continued to develop as a team.”

— Brandon Petersen