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Strong second half gives Ripon massive victory
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RIPON – In most soccer matches getting two goals in the first 25 minutes would be enough to edge out a victory.

But by adding six more goals before time expired, the Ripon Indians improved its chances at overtaking first-placed Trans Valley League squad Riverbank with an 8-2 victory over Modesto Christian.

Eric Anaya struck first for Ripon off of a Matty Gay pass in the 17th minute, and Jared Berglund managed to sneak one past the goal off of a Johnny DeDonatis assist in the 25th minute to give the Indians a 2-0 margin.

Modesto Christian, however, decided to make things interesting by striking in the 33rd minute with a goal of their own to make the halftime score 2-1.

Any problems that Ripon had moving the ball or finding the open shots in the first half would disappear once they took the field again and began an offensive onslaught that started just three minutes into second half when Bryant Macias passed the ball to Jared Berglund who planted his second goal of the day.

Modesto Christian would again score – this time in the 47th minute – to make the game 3-2 and still give the Crusaders a chance.

But Ripon found the back of the net twice in the following ten minutes to put the game out of reach – starting with a Seth Lowler goal that was assisted by Jared Ratto in the 54th minute and an unassisted goal by Justin Scott in the 59th minute.

The deluge would continue when Matty Gay hit his own unassisted goal in the 75th minute and Jared Ratto would take a pass from DeDonatis for another score. DeDonatis added his own unassisted goal in the 77th minute to round out the scoring of the game.

The win improves Ripon’s record to 20-4 overall and 9-3 in league – just one game behind Riverbank who they face on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Mistlin Park.

“Part of what is good about a game like this is that it’s nice to work on certain elements of our game like the passing and the finishing,” Ripon head coach Jaime DeBruyn said. “There was a big difference between the looks that we were getting in the first half and how we were finishing them and what we did in the second half.

“At this point in the season we know what we can do well, and if we can just perform that level with some consistency then we’ll do just fine. We just have to strive for that high consistent level of play.”

Riverbank 4, Ripon Christian 0
The Ripon Christian Knights failed to score a goal against TVL front-runner Riverbank on Wednesday, dropping their league record to 2-10 and their overall record to 8-14-1.
—Jason Campbell