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SOCCER: Cougars crush Kimball following first defeat
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Weston Ranch’s boys soccer team has moved on from its first loss of the season, taking it out on visiting Kimball on Tuesday in a 12-0 shellacking.
The Cougars (5-1-1, 7-1-5 overall) were coming off a stunning 4-2 setback against Sierra last Thursday and remain behind Oakdale on the Valley Oak League table.
Elvin Bolanos and Kevin Hernandez spearheaded the bounce-back effort, netting three goals apiece. Weston Ranch jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the sixth minute.
“It’s the response I needed from these guys after a tough loss,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said. “Hopefully we can keep the momentum going into the next game.”
The Cougars doubled their previous season-high for most goals scored in a match. Hernandez had an assist to go with his hat trick, and all of his goals were assisted by Bolanos — the team leader with 11 goals on the season.
“They had amazing chemistry today,” Cisneros said of his dynamic duo. “They were working very well off each other.”
Many others got in on the act, including Sergio Flores and Atlantis Gholeston — they each notched their first varsity goals.
Jesus Vega contributed one goal and two assists. Brian Rodriguez and Aaron Silva pitched in a goal and an assist apiece. Mauro Valdez (goal), Armando Garcia (two assists), Angel Pantoja (assist) and Sergio Rayo (assist).
Francisco Vega had little work in front of the Weston Ranch net, finishing with just one save.
“Our mind set after our loss was to come out aggressive and really put a good performance together, and we were able to do that tonight,” Cisneros said.

East Union 3, Central Catholic 1
Cristian Perez contributed on every goal for East Union (4-1-2 VOL, 7-3-6 overall), scoring two of them and assisting the other to Noe Martinez.
Julian Irigoyen and Martinez assisted Perez’s goals. The Lancers are back at Dino Cunial Field on Thursday to host Oakdale for a first-place battle.

Ripon 9, Hughson 0

HUGHSON — The Indians (5-0, 13-3-1) wrapped up a dominant first half of their Trans-Valley League schedule, getting three goals and two assists from Devaney Dougherty and four assists from Aubree Pelon.
Ariana Scholten contributed with two assists, including a corner-kick cross that connected with defender Kailey Tijero for a headed goal.
Daisy Candido, Ariana Daniels, Abigail Rangel, Bianca Toledo and Maddie Winter scored once each. Hailey Peterson had an assist.
Netminder Ashley Pugh racked up six saves, as Ripon had a one-sided 36-6 advantage on shots.

Ripon Christian 2, Orestimba 1
NEWMAN — Ripon Christian (7-0, 10-4-1) was well-tested ahead of its pivotal match with defending Southern Athletic League champion Mariposa.
Rachel Oosterman set the tone early in the back-and-forth affair, knocking in a free kick delivered by Janine Prins in the second minute. After several missed chances by the two sides, the host Warriors (2-4, 4-7-0) struck for the equalizer in the final minute of the half.
Elle Van Wyngarden buried the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute, receiving the cross from Maya DeJong.
Nicole Chapman helped preserve the win with seven saves. The Knights play host to Mariposa on Thursday starting at 4.

Junior varsity girls
Ripon 11, Hughson 0

Makenna Pokorny and Teagan Rosales both recorded hat tricks in the lopsided win for Ripon.
Taylor Burton scored twice, while Gabby Martin, Peyton Naranjo and Danika Matuska each had one goal.