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Up And Down TVL Season Continues For Soccer Girls
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JV Lady Cougars on the rush, headed toward the goal, are Mary Adams, 18, and teammate Alexa Gomez, 24, stays close on her heels. The JV girls topped Ripon, 3-1 in Thursday afternoon play. Marg Jackson/The Times

Escalon’s varsity soccer girls split their games in Trans-Valley League action this week, while the JV girls forged a tie and enjoyed a win.

Traveling to nearby Riverbank on Tuesday, April 19, the varsity Lady Cougars crafted a 3-1 victory over the rival Lady Bruins. Haleigh Renfro had a goal, Morgan Dominguez added a pair. Vanessa Kualapai assisted on all three goals and coach Jamie Peoples noted that also getting touches on the ball before the goals were Aylin Rodrigues and Taylor Dominguez. Sarah Leal had five saves in goal, allowing just one shot to get past her to secure the 3-1 win.

Thursday, the girls were back on the home field and faced off with Ripon. The visiting Lady Indians got on the board first but Escalon came back to tie it up before halftime and drew even at 1-1.

But that was as close as they got, and the Ripon squad opened the floodgates on the Lady Cougars, pumping in several tallies and eventually leaving the field with a 6-1 victory.

Morgan Dominguez had Escalon’s lone goal in the game with Ripon, the assist coming from Haleigh Renfro. Leal had seven saves.

The girls were scheduled to be at home on Tuesday, April 26 to host Mountain House, after The Times went to press, and will be on the road at Modesto Christian for a Thursday, April 28 contest.


Junior Varsity

Battling a resurgent Riverbank JV team, the Escalon squad traveled on Tuesday and came back with a 2-2 tie in hand.

“Kaitlyn Castro scored one goal and Kyleigh Rafferty scored one,” said JV coach Jen Schmidt.

Thursday, at home, the young Lady Cougars crafted a 3-1 decision over visiting Ripon in an exciting, fast paced contest.

“Alexa Gomez scored two goals and Kyleigh Rafferty scored one with an assist from Emily McPherrin,” Schmidt added.

Lily Franks played goalie in the first half and Maritsa Torres manned the nets in the second half, as the two continue the tandem work in goal.

“Both made great saves,” Schmidt said.

Also getting a nod was Leticia Delgado for an impressive game at right defender.

The JV girls only have one game on the schedule this week, as they traveled to take on Mountain House on Tuesday, after The Times went to press. Modesto Christian does not have a JV team.