In a span of a little bit over five minutes – 5:23, to be exact – the Ripon Indians scored a barrage of goals Tuesday against defending Trans Valley League champion Escalon.
Try five including two each by Cindy Alvarez and Kaydee Cruz-Sampson en route to a 6-1 victory at Stouffer Field.
That’s not to say Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn was surprised at the scoring outburst. “This team attacks well when they’re passing and moving the ball as a group,” he said.
His Indians (3-0 in TVL, 10-1 overall) had put together similar-type scoring opportunities against some of their previous opponents.
“The difference is that we finished today,” DeBruyn said.
The Cougars (0-4-1 in TVL, 0-7-1) stayed with Ripon for the better part of the first 13 minutes of the match.
But at 13:07, Alvarez’s shot trickled in for the game’s first score.
This was followed by a succession of goals.
Ripon made it 2-0 about a minute later as Cruz-Sampson – thanks to a nice soccer chip – broke loose for an unassisted score.
It wasn’t long before the Indians had yet another opportunity. Megan Johnson had a clear shot that ricocheted off the cross bar. But Cruz-Sampson was there for the put-back shot.
“It felt like I was making up for lost time,” said Cruz-Sampson, who missed the last two games due to her commitment to the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Outdoor Education Program otherwise known as science camp.
She was there last week working as a volunteered counselor.
Cruz-Sampson was thrilled to be back in action. “I hope that the two goals made up for my time away,” she added.
Amanda Evans joined the fray, scoring an unassisted goal.
Alvarez, who started the five-goal outburst, capped it off with a header shot for a score.
The only blemish to Ripon’s dominance was Haliegh Renfro’s score for the Cougars early in the second half.
But even a 5-1 advantage was enough for DeBruyn to turn to his reserves.
Sophomore Courtney Slamon made the most of her opportunity by scoring a goal for Ripon at the 70-minute mark.
Another case and point of the Indians’ dominance was their 32-2 shot-at-goal advantage over Escalon.
Ripon Christian 3, Denair 0
Abby Buitrago scored three goals to lead the Knights (6-0 in Southern League, 9-6 overall) past winless Denair.
Denair (0-6-1 in SL, 0-10-1 overall) kept it at 0-0 at the intermission thanks to junior goalie Selena Ortiz, who racked up 15 saves.
Buitrago, who, as a sophomore, is the returning league MVP, broke loose in the second half, scoring the first of her goals on a pass from teammate Samantha Carvahlo.
Her other two goals were unassisted.
Other than that, it was defense for RC.
“Our team defense over the past few weeks has really been clicking,” Knights coach Kevin Tameling said. “The midfielders have understood that they play an important role in that part of the game.”
He also praised Buitrago.
“Abby is such a special talent in the opposing team’s final third of the field,” Tameling added. “She can find the smallest bit of space and exploit the defense – (Abby) has an uncanny ability to finish.”