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Ripon Christian rolled by Huskies
Ripon Christina’s Cassondra Dotinga gains control of the ball during Trans Valley League action Wednesday.
RIPON — Little time had elapsed when the Hughson Huskies struck gold after a throw-in led to a breakaway goal, giving a glimpse of things to come in Ripon Christian’s 6-0 loss to Hughson in Trans Valley League play Wednesday.

Ripon Christian would battle after Yajahira Valdivia gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead, keeping Hughson off the scoreboard for the game’s next 30-plus minutes. Defensive breakdowns would lead to another Hughson goal in the 31st minute, followed by the Huskies third goal a mere six minutes later.

After slipping behind in the first 60 seconds Ripon Christian responded, yet forfeited an opportunity to be in the contest with the late first-half collapse.
“What we were looking to do was really try and come out and work hard,” Ripon Christian head coach Travis Haveman said. “We wanted to get to the ball first; be aggressive, and I feel we were able to do that but we obviously had a few breakdowns.

“I know that we could have done better.”

The Knights (0-2 TVL, 6-2-1 overall) came into the league season on fire, winning five consecutive games to close out the preseason. The TVL schedule has not opened Ripon Christian’s way, with the club dropping a 4-1 match with Escalon Tuesday. The back-to-back losses has placed the Knights’ early-league season in urgency mode.

Ripon Christian has potential to prove successful in a challenging TVL, but they will undoubtedly have to play a better brand of soccer if they care to compete.

“Something that we are going to have to learn is how to respond to team’s aggressiveness within the rules,” Haveman said. “Soccer can be a rough sport, so we are going to need to get used to that and play up to that level.

“If we can do that, I think we’ll be alright this year.”

The Huskies (2-0, 3-4) have a solid squad and are as dangerous as any team in the open-field. They had success from both forward spots, with senior Kylee Reed leading the way. Reed made good on Hughson’s second and final goal, getting herself in position with an array of offensive moves.

“It really seemed like it was tough for our defense to find their bearings against her,” Haveman said. “She was moving around a lot and we had a tough time staying with her.”

Things don’t get any easier for the Knights as they climb back onto the pitch Monday against intracity rival Ripon.

“We’ll be at their place and it will be tough,” Haveman said. “We know they have a few good girls again and a strong freshman class. We’ve been able to play with them before and I think we should be able to do it again.

“We just have to play a good game.”

Ripon 1, Modesto Ch. 1
SALIDA – The Indians used a second-half goal to pull even with the Crusaders and settle for a TVL tie.

Ripon (0-0-1, 3-2-2) trailed 1-0 at the intermission, but used a valiant defensive effort to keep Modesto Christian off the scoreboard.

The Indians will try and add their first win to the win column Monday when they play host to the Ripon Christian Knights.