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Manteca tests unbeaten Ripon in defeat
Indians battle back from one-goal deficit with balanced scoring
Ripon striker Renae McFadden charges ahead of Manteca defender Taylor Trout. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin
]RIPON – Experience helped the Ripon High girls soccer team keep its non-league record flawless against an opponent coach Jose Bobadilla says is the best his Indians have  played thus far.

Fifteen minutes into the contest, Manteca High’s Brianne Hatfield found the back of the net when she snuck a ball over the head of Ripon goalie Morgan Torres-Unger, who had come out of the box to defend a shot from two Buffalo players moving in with the ball.

Before Manteca (2-1) scored another goal in game’s final five minutes, Ripon hit three thanks to a potent offensive and cruised to a 3-2 finish to improve its record to 7-0 while winning the 101st game under Bobadilla.

“Today we pretty much capitalized when we had the opportunities, and that’s what proved to be the difference,” Ripon coach Jose Bobadilla said. “Our girls knew coming in that this was a different class of team than we had played so far, and that they were going to have to be ready.

“They really played well together to get this win.”

While the early goal – which came on a breakaway following a failed scoring attempt by the Indians – could have been hard for Ripon to overcome, Kallie Jacobs hit the equalizer in the 22nd minute to make the score 1-1 heading into the half.

In the 45th minute, Renae McFadden gave Ripon the lead when she dribbled the ball up the middle of the field right through the heart of Manteca’s defense, and won a challenge against Manteca goalkeeper Brittany Costa.

Only five minutes later, Ariel Anaya sent one home off of a pass from Meredith Perkins to give the Indians a comfortable 3-1 lead that would stand until the 75th minute. Manteca’s Lacey Silva capped the score off with an assist by Renee Munson.

“We had a lot of good opportunities today, but we just didn’t convert them when we had the chance,” Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We’re only on our third game and still a little bit green and trying to get our legs underneath us, and they’re a strong team.”

Bobadilla gave credit to Ripon’s stellar defensive effort for helping keep the ball out of the scoring zone and giving Torres-Unger the chance to breathe during her eight save performance.

Manteca’s Costa recorded 11 saves on the afternoon.