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Ripon staves off future TVL rival
Reedy, Skiles score in 1st half; back line limits Sonora chances
Sonora-Ripon girls soccer
Sonora’s Karalynn Ludwig (19) defends Ripon’s Emily Paxton (3) in front of the Wildcats goal. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Ripon blanked visiting Sonora in the first half and came away from Stouffer Field with a 2-1 non-league girls soccer win on Thursday night.

This was the second win for the Indians (2-0) this week.  

“I am pretty pleased that we have broken out with two wins right out of the box with a win Tuesday against Rio Linda, and one tonight against a quality program in Sonora,” Ripon coach Bryce Perkins said. “I am really pleased with my defense this year. We have Katie Rhodes, a three-year starter; Kaya Whittaker, a gal that came over from volleyball playing her first year with us and Allie Harvey — all three are seniors. We are platooning the fourth spot.

“Those three seniors are so solid. It is hard to get by them, as they are very physical girls. They keep us in every game.”

Sonora-Ripon girls soccer
Ripon’s Kyla Agbayani (right) and Sonora’s Hailey Watkins battle for the ball.
Maddie Reedy got Ripon on the board midway through the first half on an assist from Madelyn McKiernan.

“No one had my space,” Reedy said. “My team told me I had time, so I took my touch before, and I took my shot.”

Starla Skiles bumped that Indians lead to 2-0 in first-half stoppage time when she took a pass from Kyla Agbayani and darted through the Wildcats defense before finding the net.

“I took it and went as fast as my legs could go,” Skiles said. “I got that pass and did what I could with it.

“It meant a lot for the team to win this game.”

In the 61st minute, Paige Halencak got Sonora (1-1) on the board when she took a direct kick from the wing that turned into a goal-box scramble, and she was able to fire the ball in the net to draw the Wildcats within 2-1.

Ripon’s Ellena Parenti-Gomez tallied five saves.

This is the last season these two teams will meet in non-league play, as Sonora will join the Indians in the Trans-Valley League next season.

“Starting next year we will see them twice a year,” Perkins said. “We have a good competition with them.

“We have been playing them about every other year for the last four years and we have had some pretty rough games with them. I think we have dominated the win-loss record, but we always have a fight with them.”

Ripon hosts Gregori of Modesto next Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Junior varsity

Ripon 6, Sonora 0

Alexis Zamora had a hat trick plus one to lead the Indians.

Zamora tallied four goals and two assists. Claire Jenasci added two goal and an assist and Payton Abbott dished out two assists.