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Jacobs strikes in first minute to spark rout of rival Knights
Ripon forward Meredith Perkins draws the foul from Ripon Christian defender Kayla Evans while charging into the penalty box late in the first half at Mistlin Park. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


Soccer standings

                league    points
Ripon        9-0-0    27
Hughson    6-2-2    20
Modesto Ch.    5-4-1    16
Escalon        4-3-2    14
Riverbank    0-7-3    3
Ripon Ch.    0-8-2    2

RIPON — Ripon Christian started its rivalry match with Ripon with the first touch at Mistlin Park Thursday.

And 48 seconds later, Ripon’s Kallie Jacobs recorded the first goal.

Jacobs’ quick strike was 14 seconds off the school record for fastest goal, and it helped spark the Indians’ 7-0 victory.

Renae McFadden and Meredith Perkins collected two goals and three assists each. Perkins’ first assist was to Jacobs off a cross from the right wing.

Center midfielder Lauren Goeppert contributed two goals, her first multi-score effort of the season.

With standout Ariel Anaya resting a sore knee for most of the season, both Goeppert and McFadden have filled in admirably as the Indians’ primary playmakers from the middle.

McFadden’s two goals now has her at 30 for the season.

“This was a breakout game for Lauren,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “Lauren has big shoes to fill in the middle, but she just keeps working hard at it. She has a lot of fight in her.”

Ripon Christian (0-8-2, 4-10-2 overall), to its credit, repelled Ripon’s early momentum and had two good looks to tie it.

In the 25th minute, sophomore right forward Kirsten Lown snuck past Ripon’s defensive line and juked her way around goalkeeper Morgan Torres-Unger, but her wide-open shot to tie it at 1 sailed wide of the right post.

Goeppert put away an easy 1-on-1 in the 30th minute, and Perkins converted a disputed penalty kick just moments before the halftime whistle to capture the momentum for good.

Ripon outshot RC 14-2 in the first half, and Torres-Unger wasn’t challenged over the final 40 minutes for her third straight shutout.

“We had good pressure (in the first half) but got stuck playing too defensively to make it a close game,” Ripon Christian coach Travis Haveman said.

Ripon Christian goalie Beth Van Vliet had a busy second half with Ripon (9-0, 16-0-1) in full control. She finished with 15 saves.

“RC has a lot of promise on that team with a lot of good underclassmen,” Perkins said. “They’ve had some really tight games in league this year.”

First-place Ripon continues its march for a perfect regular season Monday at Escalon, and Ripon Christian will take the entire spring break off before returning to action against Escalon on April 20.

— Jonamar Jacinto