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Soccer Shutout Split For Varsity Cougar Girls

After losing on the road at Ripon to start the week, Escalon’s varsity soccer girls were back on the road for a game at Mountain House and were winners in that outing.

They took a 3-0 loss to the host Indians on March 22, with Sarah Leal making nine saves in goal.

“We had a letdown of about 10 to 15 minutes when Ripon scored all their goals,” said coach Jamie Peoples. “The girls played tough.”

Thursday, they didn’t have a letdown, rather, they poured it on against the host school and walked off with an 8-0 win.

“At Mountain House, we were up 6-0 in the first half and dominated,” Peoples said. “Everyone on the team got to play at least a half.

“In the second half our focus was to pass the ball around and maintain possession; the girls did a great job.”

Skilar Cook had two goals and one assist, Haleigh Renfro had three goals, Alondra Martinez had three goals and two assists. Also notching assists were Peyton Arnold, Mariana Guerrero, Dalsin Alves and Morgan Dominguez. Leal had one save in goal. Both of Cook’s goals came in the second half, one on a penalty kick and one on a free kick right outside the box.

Off this week for spring break, the girls will be back in action on Tuesday, April 5, hosting Modesto Christian, then head to Hughson on Thursday, April 7.

In junior varsity action, Escalon topped Ripon 4-3 and Mountain House 1-0.

Goal scorers against Ripon were Kaitlyn Castro, two goals; Emily McPherrin and Kyleigh Rafferty with one each. Keeper Lily Franks had six saves in goal.

In the win over Mountain House, Rafferty had the lone goal, while Franks had three saves.