Ripon Christian’s girls soccer team fended off a late push from Delhi in its regular-season finale on Wednesday, holding on for a 3-2 victory that secures a second straight Southern Athletic League championship for the Knights.
Hailey Henderson put away what was the needed insurance goal in the 50th minute when the Delhi keeper was unable to handle Alanna Blanco’s pass.
The Hawks (11-2-1 SAL, 11-4-1 overall) answered with a late goal, but RC’s defense held through four minutes of added time.
The Knights (12-0-2, 18-2-3) scored three unanswered goals after Delhi struck first won a corner kick in the 10th minute.
Dayna Koolhaas netted the equalizer and go-ahead for Ripon Christian in the 26h and 47th minutes with assists coming from Henderson and Addison De Jong.
Brackets for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs will be released Friday. The postseason begins next Monday.
Manteca 3, Kimball 1
In a make-up Valley Oak League match at home, the Buffaloes (3-3-4, 17-4-5) ended their regular season on a high note by avenging one of their losses.
Cami Silva scored a brace, capping the final score with a penalty kick. Brooklyn Cornish assisted the other goal, which gave Manteca a 2-1 lead going into halftime.
Mackenzie Forsberg netted the Buffs’ first goal on an assist from Sienna Jones. Goalkeeper Haylie Brasil finished with three saves.
The win did not improve Manteca’s standing in the VOL, remains in fourth place, while Kimball (5-3-2, 7-4-4) is the runner-up. Both teams have advanced to the playoffs.
East Union 52, Kimball 43
On the edge of the Division III at-large playoff line, East Union (6-4, 17-10 overall) erased any doubt by seizing the third and final automatic berth in the VOL.
Dylan Lee stepped up in the road win, burning Kimball (6-4, 17-10) for 14 points in the third quarter to help push the Lancers’ lead to 16. The 6-foot-2 senior finished with 25 points.
“Dylan took over in the third and really helped us swing the game,” EU coach Dutch Ell said. “HE also took two charges, which is even bigger to me.”
Anthony Sy contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds. Alex Cuevas also scored 10 points.
Postseason brackets will be released by the Section on Saturday. The opening round is set for next Wednesday, Feb. 15.