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Veteran Indians look tough in winning Amador Tournament
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ARGONAUT — Three years ago, when most of the 2009 Ripon High girls soccer team was made up of talented underclassmen, the buzz had begun that in a few years the Indians would be awfully scary.

That time has come.

Outscoring their opponents 12-1 over the course of the two-day Amador Tournament, which culminated Saturday, the Indians (5-0) barely broke a sweat in capturing the championship.

Saturday at Amador High, Ripon blew past Argonaut for the second time in as many days, 3-1, and made short work of Inderkum of Sacramento in the title round, 3-0.

Outshooting Inderkum 18-3, Ripon got scores from Meredith Perkins (27th minute), and a pair from Renae McFadden (47th, 72nd).

All three goals came courtesy of Kallie Jacobs.
In the rematch with Argonaut, some new names took center stage, as 2008 junior varsity captain Andrea Chinchiolo found net in the 49th minute on a help from Katherine Ratto and Ariel Anaya.

Anaya broke a scoreless tie in the ninth minute with help from Rose Beeler, and Jacobs found net in the 47th minute, on Ratto’s first assist.

“We had a lot of new names putting up some stats,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “The veterans are all back and are working hard, as well.”

Ripon faces three difficult tests next week as Patterson and Manteca visit Park View Elementary on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

The Indians travel to East Union on Friday for a game under the lights.

“The real test comes next week,” Perkins said. “We’d really like to get through the preseason undefeated.”

Sierra 4, University 1 (Friday)
In San Francisco, the Timberwolves continued to impress with a lopsided win over last season’s North Coast Section Division IV runner-up that could have been worse.

Bulletin All-Area MVP Nicole Vanni continued her early-season hot-streak, adding two more goals to the resumé, the game’s first in the third minute off a through from Michaela Scott, and another in the 55th minute from sister, Stephanie, that made it 3-0.

Stephanie Vanni also assisted on Joana Ortiz’s score in the 32nd minute, and Scott made it 4-1 late off a cross from Brooke Grant.

“It was a great game, very fast-paced on a turf field under the lights,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “We were able to get an early goal, and got it going. We hit the post a couple of times, it was wide open.”

Pires credited his hard-nosed defense anchored by keeper Moriah Fallon (10 saves) with another solid performance turned in.  Sweeper Jamie Huffman, alongside Lacey Vaughn, Michaela and Rebecca Scott make up the T’Wolves’ vaunted backfield.

Delaine Quaresma was a rock in the midfield, as well.

Nicole Vanni, Pires says, has taken another step in her ascension to the top of her sport.

“Whatever position we ask Nicole to play, she does a great job with it,” Pires said. “The whole team really has stepped it up to a new level this season.”

Sierra (3-0-1) hosts Johansen Tuesday.

— Brandon Petersen