The Ripon High boys soccer team’s impressive second-half run through the Trans-Valley League ended with a 5-2 victory over Orestimba Thursday at Ripon Elementary.
The seniors went out with a bang in the Indians’ season finale, while the younger players have much to look forward to next year after coming close to sneaking into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V playoffs.
Ripon (7-5, 9-14 overall), which dropped a 4-1 decision to Orestimba (3-6-2, 3-9-3) the first time around, led 4-2 after a first-half offensive showcase. Four different Indians contributed a goal and an assist: senior Sam Bennet, and juniors Arik Anaya, Jack Brierly and Chasen Martinsen.
Shae Biggs added a goal, and senior classmate classmate Andre DeDonatis chipped in an assist. Goalkeeper Henk Gaalswyk tallied five saves.
The Indians gave themselves a chance to capture a postseason berth by winning four straight matches, including victories over playoff qualifiers Hilmar and Hughson. But on Tuesday, Riverbank knocked Ripon out of the hunt with a 3-1 triumph that also clinched the TVL championship for the Bruins.
Gustine 4, Ripon Christian 1
The Knights (2-11-1, 6-14-1) bade farewell to three seniors and performed valiantly against Gustine (13-0-1, 19-3-1), which repeats as SL champion.
Senior Kyle Mailhot assisted Max Koetsier’s goal in the 55th minute for RC, closing the team in, 2-1. Alfredo Mendoza scored twice to lead Gustine.
It was a much better effort compared to the 10-0 drubbing they took from Delhi on Tuesday. With four juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen — including leading scorer Dan Vander Molen — on the squad, the future looks bright for RC.