RIPON — First-year Ripon boys soccer coach Bryant Macias said his team’s season-opening loss to talented Manteca earlier this week served as a good learning experience for the rest of the campaign.
On Thursday, his Indians dominated in a 4-0 win over neighboring rival Ripon Christian at Stouffer Field.
“It helped out a lot playing a competitive team like Manteca,” Macias said. “We got to work on the mistakes we made defensively on Monday. Today we were able to work from our defense, which helped the offense create plays.”
Sophomore Brian Castaneda was one of those playmakers, as he finished with three assists. Thomas Sidtikun scored twice and had an assist. Jordan Duran and Patrick Margos each had a goal.
Ripon (1-1) struck in the first minute when Sidtikun fed Duran for a goal. Sidtikun later doubled the lead in the 37th minute on a give-and-go from Castaneda.
Ripon Christian (0-1) had a goal taken away by an offsides infraction early in the second half. Ryan Koetsier missed a header off a free kick, and Ryan Garcia streaked into the penalty area and knocked it in before the whistle blew.
Diego Franco had two saves and kept the sheet clean for Ripon. Knights goalie Josh Patton picked up eight saves.
“We had some silver linings today,” Ripon Christian coach Keith Terpsma said. “We put some good passes together, but Ripon High just had very strong defense. That’s a good team that knows how to play with each other and we have a little ways to go.”
Manteca 10, Linden 1
LINDEN — Manteca (2-0) was efficient with its 18 shots, converting five goals in each half for a non-league rout.
Kaley Miller had a hat trick, and Jocelyn Reyes contributed with two goals. Madison Burch (assist), Alexa Mayen, Carolyn Morrish (assist), Sarah Vegas and Alejandra Delgadillo scored one apiece. Kaitlynn Funsch, A.J. Hoyer, Natalia Duran and Alexandra Garcia-Pinzon chipped in one assist each.