Natalie Prins and Kaylie Colyn each netted two goals apiece for Ripon Christian during Wednesday’s 8-0 Southern League victory over visiting Delhi.
RC improved to 10-1 in league, 14-7-1 overall following its first loss of the season on Monday against Gustine, 2-1.
“The girls were determined to come out and defend their home field after that loss,” Ripon Christian head coach Kevin Tameling said. “That determination showed as they put up five goals in the first 25 minutes of the game.”
Ripon Christian scored three of its five goals off corner kicks and throw-ins. Colyn and Prins tallied four of the Knights’ six first-half scores. Teagan Manus and Adri Van Groningen (two assists apiece) also found the scoring column. Rachel Van Duyn and Kaylin Groen scored a goal apiece to equal RC’s total.
Miranda Nydam and Kamryn Bylsma also assisted two of the Knights’ total scores.
“We controlled the pace of play in the second half,” Tameling added.
Tameling also credited defenders Bylsma and Amanda Evans with helping provide the shutout. Bryanna Heida and Ellen Blankers each finished with two saves each.
Ripon 3, Riverbank 1
Ripon improved its playoff positioning on Wednesday and now control its own destiny.
The Indians improved to 6-2-2 in the Trans Valley League after securing three more points after holding off a winless Riverbank squad.
“Riverbank is a hard-luck team,” Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. “They had nothing to lose and they just come at you desperate to win a game.”
Ripon outshot the Bruins 27-3 and received goals from Tia Sidtikun and Jordyn Wall in the 15th and 22nd minute of the first half. Haley Simmons assisted the first score and Wall scored off of three deflections in front of the cage. Riverbank made it a 2-1 contest at the break, however.
It took Ripon until the 69th minute to finally put the game away. Jessica Carmona found the ball off a Brooklyn Joachim deflection and made up the final score.
Riverbank’s Daeshya Battle scored the Bruins’ only goal in the 22nd minute.
Ripon will play against Orestimba Friday, followed by a TVL finale next Wednesday against Hilmar at 6:30 p.m.
Ripon 199, Orestimba 282
Ripon 203, Orestimba 298
Ripon knocked out two birds with one stone after defeating Orestimba Newman in two separate Trans Valley League matches on Wednesday.
The Indians (11-0 TVL) were led by Jack Brierly’s 38 in the first match. Nick Sharp, Kyle Head and Robby Figeroid all shot 39s at the Diablo Grande ranch course. Cole Herrin carded a 44 to round out the total. In the second match, Sharp carded the match-low 39. Head, Figeroid and Herrin all finished with 41 and Nathan Suender rounded the total with 42.
“We performed well and performed consistent more importantly,” Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. “(Herrin) had been struggling and he had a good match today. That could be pivotal with our match (today) against Hilmar.”
Hilmar (10-2 TVL) will host Ripon today at 3:30 p.m. at Stevinson Ranch.