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Varsity Soccer Wins Three
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Lady Cougar Piper Rockwell, left, blasted a shot in from about 45 yards out on Wednesday to seal a 2-0 win over Ripon in Trans-Valley League action. John-Joel Griffiths/The Times

Outscoring their opponents 10-0, the Escalon varsity soccer girls put three wins in the books to start Trans-Valley League play.

They hosted Riverbank in the league opener on Monday, March 10 and punished the Lady Bruins in 5-0 fashion.

Jackie Valeriano had a goal, Alana Kualapai had a goal and an assist, foreign exchange student Anna Lena Simson had three goals and one assist. Jaylyne Serpa added two assists and Leslie Garcia also had one assist.

Escalon was in control of the contest from the start and kept the action near the Riverbank goal, allowing only one shot by the Lady Bruin offense.

In action on the road Wednesday, the girls battled through 65 scoreless minutes with Ripon before breaking through for a pair of goals late in the game to seal the win.

“Anna Lena Simson had the first goal, with the assist from Vanessa Kualapai,” said coach Jamie Peoples. “Piper Rockwell also had a goal, it was a beautiful shot she sent in, right over the keeper, perfectly placed.”

Logan LaRossa had four saves in goal in that game for Escalon.

“Friday at Orestimba, we beat them 3-0 and all three goals came in the first 20 minutes of the game,” Peoples said.

Simson scored a pair of goals, Haylee Cook had the third and Valeriano had two assists, while LaRossa made two saves.

Prior to starting league play, the Lady Cougars completed a successful preseason with a 2-0 scrimmage win against Linden in the rain, beat Bret Harte 6-2, took a 3-2 loss to Manteca and defeated Calaveras 3-2.

Peoples has several key players back this season, with plenty of experience in players including Alana Kualapai, Cook, Serpa, Rockwell and LaRossa, and a new scoring threat in Simson, here for the school year as a foreign exchange student.

The JV team also has settled in to a good routine, said Peoples, with some solid athletes there and the team getting league wins against Ripon and Orestimba this week as well.

“Right now we’re on top at 3-0,” People added of the varsity league standings in the early going. “This week we have Hughson at home on Wednesday (March 19) and Friday we will be at Hilmar.”