Ripon High soccer head coach Jamie DeBruyn wanted more, but one goal was all that was needed for his Indians to topple Hilmar 1-0 and pad their in the Trans-Valley League standings Thursday at Stouffer Field.
Kaydee Cruz-Sampson did the damage, redirecting Alaina Cornielsen’s cross from the right corner in the 38th minute. Ripon (5-0-1 TVL, 12-1-1 overall) outshot the Yellowjackets (2-3-1, 8-6-2) 18-4 by game’s end.
“We had a lot of shots in the second half but didn’t really get any good, strong shots on goal,” DeBruyn said. “We came out at the beginning of the season scoring 5 or six goals a game but the past three weeks or so we’ve had a little scoring lull. I’ve been waiting for one of those games where (the offense) kicks into gear and I was hoping it would be today.
“We created some stuff but couldn’t find the back of the net. Credit goes to Hilmar for playing good defense.”
Ripon held up on its end, recording its eighth shutout of the season. Keeper Courntey Slamon had three saves, and Hailey Munroe was responsible for marking Kinsey Pettigrew, the TVL’s leading goal scorer.
“Hailey did a good job of locking down their key player,” DeBruyn said. “I think that thwarted a lot of their offensive buildup.”
Hughson (3-1-2) and Modesto Christian (2-0-4), the two teams hot on Ripon’s heels to start the week, played to a 2-2 draw Thursday, giving the Indians an five-point lead with four games to go.