RIPON — On a rainy, windy night Tuesday host Ripon Christian had the wind at their backs top start the game, putting up three goals in a power-outage-shortened first half on the way to a 6-3 over Waterford in Southern League action.
With the Knights leading 3-0 with in the 31st minute, there was a power outage at the stadium and due to the warm-up time required for the lights the referees ended the first half early.
“Since we had the wind in the first half I told the girls to play aggressive,” Ripon Christian coach Kevin Tameling said. “And this was a big win for us.
“Even though Waterford is winless in three games in league, I think they have played the three toughest teams in Gustine, Mariposa and us.”
Abby Buitrago scored the first two goals for the Knights (3-0-0 SL, 6-4-1) on a close-range shot and then a penalty. Emily Manes added the third goal just before the lights went out.
Buitrago started off the second half with a corner kick that turned into an assist when the Wildcats (0-2-1, 0-4-1) misplayed it and posted an own goal for a 4-0 Ripon Christian lead.
Buitrago and Emma Cormier combined on the last two Ripon goals as they each had a goal and assist.
Lathrop 5, Oakdale 1
OAKDALE – Kassandra Ceja scored all five goals for the Spartans in a Valley Oak League road win on Tuesday.
Lizbeth Sanchez had two assists for Lathrop (2-2 VOL, 2-4 overall) and Kayla DeAnda added one.
East Union 6,
Weston Ranch 2
STOCKTON – Lena Rivera tallied a hat trick for the Lancers (3-1 VOL, 7-3 overall)
Samantha Snyder added two goals and Mariana Huizar one in the contest that was shortened to 30-minute halves due to the weather. The Cougars fall to 0-4, 1-7-1.
The frosh-soph game lasted just one half and was won 8-0 by East Union.
East Union 6, Oakdale 0
OAKDALE – Lena Rivera scored two goals with an assist and Samantha Snyder had two goals for the Lancers on Monday.
Britney Moneyhun (two assists) and Chloe Cardines each had a goal for East Union while Stephanie Flores and Skylar Treacy each chipped in an assist.
Ripon Christian 1
RIPON — The Wildcats got their two goals in the first 11 minutes to secure their Southern League win.
Two failed clears led to the first goal for Waterford (1-1-1 SL) in the fourth minute and seven minutes later the Wildcats doubled their lead with a wrap around the corner too aggressive for the Knights (0-3 SL, 1-10 overall) to handle.
In the 48th minute, Matthijs Moret flicked the ball back off a throw-in to assist Jake Groshong to get Ripon Christian on the board and cut the Waterford lead to 2-1. The Knights stepped up their attack after scoring, but could not get the ball in the net a second time.
Ripon Christian goalie Josh Tatton tallied 16 saves to help keep the Knights in the game.
According to Ripon Christian coach Keith Terpsma, Tuesday’s outing was the best in league for the Knights this season.