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RC strikes first, but cant hold Indians
Ripon High’s Tia Sidtikum has gotten her sophomore season off to a fast start, collecting a pair of goals in Ripon’s win over Ripon Christian Wednesday
RIPON – Ripon Christian was able to strike first against old Trans Valley League foe Ripon High, but the host Knights were unable to keep the upper hand, falling 3-1 on Wednesday.

Ripon Christian (1-1) got on the board in the first half, when Ashley Roberts bounced back from missing a one-on-one opportunity to net the first goal of the contest. The Knights’ goal seemingly woke the Indians, as they responded almost immediately with a Tia Sidtikun penalty kick goal.

Ripon’s Katherine Ratto was taken down in the box, giving Sidtikum an opportunity she would take full advantage of. Ripon Christian would not be able to notch another goal, falling scoreless over the game’s  final 40 minutes and dropping its first match of the season.

“This is a team that we can beat this year,” Knights head coach Travis Haveman said. “We are disappointed that we won’t see them any more this season.

“We can attribute our goals against to simple errors that won’t happen later in the season.”

Sidtikun would add another second half goal, while teammate Rose Beeler got in on the act as well with a second half goal. Ripon goalie Mariah Cardenas (seven saves) helped guide the Indians to victory with a second half shutout.

Ripon Christian will be back on the pitch today when they host Orestimba High, while the Indians will be in action Thursday, kicking off the Modesto Christian Tourney with a contest against Modesto High.

Lodi 2, Manteca 1

Manteca (2-1) got its lone goal from Breanne Hatfield, but could not put another shot in the back of the Lodi net. The Flames had 14 shots on goal, while the Buffaloes were able to muster 13. Manteca was able to hang closely with the Flames, yet still have to cope with its first loss of the season.

“In reality, I was kind of happier with this loss than our first two wins,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “I thought we played better in this game against Lodi then we did against Ripon and Hughson.”

Manteca will be back on the pitch Friday when they kick of the Buff Cup against Stagg High of Stockton.