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Indians pull out huge win on PK with time dwindling
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HUGHSON — Ripon came out of Monday’s contest at Hughson with a newfound respect for the Huskies, but at the end of the day the scoreboard still favored the visitors, 1-0.

With just two minutes remaining in regulation, Renae McFadden was mugged in the box and converted the penalty kick.

Hughson marked McFadden, Meredith Perkins and Kallie Jacobs from the opening whistle and played extremely physical throughout.

Although Ripon won the shots-on-goal contest, 12-10, Hughson’s attempts were far cleaner.

“Morgan (Torres-Unger) made a number of replay-worthy saves,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “It was like she had Velcro arms.”

Torres-Unger made a game-saving goal with 30 seconds left on a Hughson break away attempt.

Diving at the 18-yard mark, Torres-Unger smothered a shot to the ground with one arm.

“That was a save to be proud of,” Perkins said.

Meanwhile, Thalia Bobadilla owned the middle, and Kate Isganitis shined on the defensive end.

“I can’t say enough about Thalia,” Perkins said. “She is a real all-star.”

Ripon (8-0 Trans Valley League, 15-0-1) hosts a make-up contest with Ripon Christian Thursday at Mistlin Park.

A contest at Escalon looms Monday.

— Brandon Petersen