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McFadden hat trick anchors Indians second-half barrage
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RIPON — For a half, Ripon Christian’s girls soccer team gave reigning Trans Valley League champion Ripon all it could handle at Park View Elementary Monday.

But it was a different story over the final 40 minutes, when star striker Renae McFadden recorded a hat trick and Ripon scored all of its goals in what ended up being a 5-0 rout.

“As a coach, it’s easy to say the game could have been different, but I can safely say that we can play well against Ripon if we can make adjustments that will stop (McFadden),” RC coach Travis Haveman said. “We have two more games to prove ourselves against them, and we can definitely make the score closer next time.”

McFadden jump started the attack for Ripon (2-0-1, 6-2-2 overall) during the opening minute of the second half, taking a through-ball from Katherine Ratto and punching in the match’s first goal.

McFadden struck again in the 59th and 62nd minutes off feeds from Tia Sidtikun and Kallie Jacobs.

Jacobs (52nd minute) and Brianna Mortimer (70th) also scored, with assists coming from Amira Sulaiman and Ratto.

Ripon had several chances to further extend its leads, but RC goalkeeper Beth Van Vliet made three one-on-one stops.

“Ripon Christian came out aggressive and did a great job of holding us in the first half,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “They have four excellent players on offense and a sweeper that created problems for our attack, so that was the reason for the first-half stalemate. RC looks like a promising team, and I’m looking for big things from them soon.”

Kelsey Meeuwse had four saves at goal for the Indians. Rose Beeler was a key contributor to the shutout, as she played out of position at sweeper with starting defenders Sam Evans and Thalia Bobadilla still hurt.

Ripon will next play first-place Hughson on the road Wednesday, while RC (0-3, 6-3-1) heads to Riverbank.

Ripon 15, Amador 2

RIPON — The Indians sent 12 batters to the plate during a torrid 11-run fifth inning that ended the non-league contest early.

Paulina Ceja led the charge with a productive 3-for-3 outing in which she crushed two homers, drove in six runs and plated four. Kirsten Mortimer also crushed a home run and went 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs.

Other top contributors were Alissa Vickers (2 for 3, three runs, RBI, double), Nicole Kaiser (2 for 3, two runs, two RBIs) and pitcher Kendra Contente (no earned runs, four hits, five strikeouts).

Ripon (0-1, 4-1 overall) returns to Trans Valley League action today at Modesto Christian.

Ripon 184, Hughson 220
CERES — Freshman sensation Andrew Bonner carded an even-par 31 that included two birdies to lead Ripon (1-0, 3-0) in its TVL debut for the season.

Josh Ricther and Nick Mendonca each contributed a 37, Jordan Williamson posted a 39 and Zach Capel a 40.

Ripon coach Chris Musseman wasn’t pleased with the performance overall, but he’ll take the one-sided win at River Oaks Golf Course.

“The bottom half of our order struggled, but in my years of coaching we have never played well at River Oaks. There’s just something about that course, so I’m glad that that one is over with and we’re moving on.

“Hopefully we put it together (today) because we have a real test.”

Ripon plays host to defending champion Escalon at Jack Tone Golf Course in Ripon before taking on Ripon Christian at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club on Thursday.

— Jonamar Jacinto