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Indians win easy over Riverbank
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RIVERBANK – Ripon High held a comfortable 2-0 halftime lead and got solid play from their entire bench over the second half, cruising to an easy Trans Valley League victory over the Riverbank Bruins Wednesday.

The Indians (5-0-1 TVL, 9-2-2) got on the scoreboard with a goal in the 26th minute from Tia Sidtikun and again on a goal from Renae McFadden in the 35th minute to put the game out of reach in the first 40 minutes.

McFadden made good on a brilliant croos from Kallie Jacobs, heading it in passed the Bruins keeper. Ripon wasted no time padding their 2-0 halftime lead, burying another shot in the back of the goal less than 30 seconds into the second half.

Rose Beeler made good on a shot assisted by McFadden, giving Ripon a 3-0 lead mere moments into the second half. Mariah Denhart just missed a chance to add another goal, but settled for an assist on a McFadden goal she cleaned up in front of the box.

Megan Ratto made the most of her second-half action, assisting on Ripon’s final goal when she found McFadden for her third goal of the contest. McFadden would finish with a hat-trick and an assist, while Kelsey Nilsson walked away with the shutout, holding the Bruins scoreless.

Ripon will enjoy some time off until they continue TVL scheduling with an April 12 contest with Modesto Christian.

Escalon 2, Ripon Christian 1
ESCALON – The Knights put together one of their more impressive showings, yet they could not hold off the Cougars in a TVL loss Wednesday.

Ripon Christian fell behind early 2-0, putting the squad in a come-from-behind position for nearly the entire contest. Escalon found ways to dissect the Knights’ defense, outshooting Ripon Christian 16-6 in shots on goal.

“In the first half we had a couple of breakdowns that allowed their fast forward to penetrate into the middle from the wing,” Ripon Christian head coach Travis Haveman said. “ Once we made adjustments to defend against her, we did much better.

“After half we had a bit of a breeze at our backs and I felt we controlled most of the half.”

Kirsten Lown netted Ripon Christian’s only goal, nailing a shot off of a deflection to cut Ripon Christian’s deficit in half.

The Knights will have to continue to fight in their next action, making the trip to Hughson to try and avenge a 6-0 loss back on March 17.