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Vander Molens, Manes anchor Knights attack
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Ripon Christian got back on track Tuesday with a 4-1 win at Waterford.

Danny Vander Molen and Andrew Manes each scored two goals, and Travis Vander Molen dished out three assists.

The Knights were coming off a tough 5-3 loss to Delhi, which has established itself as the early frontrunner in the Southern League.

Waterford (0-3 SL, 2-5-1 overall) was able to repel Ripon Christian’s attack in the first half and trailed just 1-0 at the break. Danny Vander Molen capitalized on cousin Travis Vander Molen’s through pass in the 17th minute.

“After the initial 10 minutes, it was clear that we had control of the game,” Ripon Christian coach Keith Terpsma said. “It was a matter of finding the right moments to pull the trigger. When we did it was pretty.”

It didn’t take as long for RC to break it open in the second half, as Manes struck for his goals in the 44th and 46th minutes. Hawk Magnussen sent a curling cross into the box, where Manes awaited for the scoring head shot. Travis Vander Molen assisted Manes’ second goal with another well-placed though ball.

Vander Molen wasn’t finished there, as he once again connected with Danny Vander Molen for the match’s final goal.

Waterford was able to get one past keeper Lukas Vermeulen on a deflection off a Ripon Christian defender.

The Knights have yet another tough two-game stretch ahead after beginning conference action with defending champion Le Grand and Delhi. On Thursday they travel Mariposa (2-1, 2-2-2) before returning home to entertain Orestimba (3-0, 8-4) next week.