Ripon’s girls soccer team is testing itself against larger schools and has been up to the task so far.
The Indians rallied from an early two-goal deficit to knock off Oakdale 4-3 on the road Monday. They trailed 2-0 by the 26th minute but answered with a four-goal onslaught in a four-minute span. The host Mustangs (1-1) converted a penalty kick in the final minute.
The reigning Trans-Valley League champion and 2019 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV finalist has improved to 3-0 with previous wins over Central Valley and Kimball.
Ariana Daniels accounted for two of the Indians’ goals, while Maddie Winter scored one and assisted another. Kaitlyn Espinola had the goal of the night, netting a banger from distance. Olivia Maragos and Ines Rodriguez each had an assist.
Ripon was outshot 15-10 but had its goal well protected by Ellena Parenti-Gomez, who amassed 11 saves. Coach Bryce Perkins also lauded the effort of defender Savannah Ponce, a first-year varsity player who filled in at sweeper.
Manteca 8, Chavez 0
Caitlynn Wong recorded a hat trick and an assist, and the Buffaloes (1-1) did all of their damage in the opening half.
Jenna Poncini capped the barrage with two goals. Emilee Craighead added one goal and an assist. Maddison Noriega and Sienna Jones score one each. Galilea Sanchez contributed three assists, and Corrine Jones had one.
Franklin 3, Sierra 1
The Timberwolves opened their season against a tough Franklin (3-1) side. Jorge Reyes delivered the first goal of the match in the 33rd minute, but Franklin answered moments later and jumped ahead in the second half.
Weston Ranch 3, Tokay 3
Weston Ranch (2-0-1) scored twice in the first eight minutes and led 3-0 at halftime, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the visiting Tigers from Lodi.
Alexis Chavez tallied a goal and an assist for the Cougars. Aaron Silva and Angel Zapata chipped in one apiece, while Sergio Garcia and Zinedine Valdez each had an assist.
Manteca 56, Ripon 42
Manteca sophomore Peyton Nieman buried five 3s and led all scorers with 17 points in the Foundation Game at Ripon’s North Gym.
Justice Chase and Ryan Inderbitzin added 16 and 15 points, respectively. Landon Gillespie paced Ripon with 10 points. Both teams gave their younger players extensive minutes, as the game does not count against official records.
Manteca returns to action today against visiting Turlock, while Ripon takes on Oakdale in the Stagg Tournament on Tuesday.
Lathrop 49, Weston Ranch 45
The visiting Spartans did not play their regular starters for much of the first half and trailed 34-23 at halftime.
They went with their front-line players to start the second half and outscored Weston Ranch 11-1 in the third quarter. Egypt Jenkins led the way with 20 points, and Isa Paniagua added nine. Janay Holmes netted 14 points for the Cougars.