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Scoring Barrage Lifts Lady Cougars To Soccer Wins
Two more wins on the soccer field pushed Escalon's record to 9-3, keeping them in second place in Trans-Valley League play.

The girls were 4-1 winners at Ripon Christian and 5-0 victors at Riverbank as they continued on their extended 'road trip' through the league.

They were at Ripon Christian on Monday, April 26 and got a pair of goals from Melanie Winkler, and one each from Ally Gonzales and Kara McKee in the win.

Notching assists were Gonzales, Gabby Gomez, Amber Caton and Taylor Morrow.

"Katie (San Julian) made four saves and we just completely dominated," said coach Jamie Peoples. "It was 3-0 at the half, everyone got some playing time."

The Lady Cougars missed out on the playoffs a year ago and are determined not to let that happen again, playing with purpose as the league campaign winds down. Three teams from the Trans-Valley League will make it to the playoffs this season and Escalon, in second place right now, is definitely gearing to stay in that coveted top three.

They were back on the road on Wednesday, April 28 for a match at Riverbank and played in cold, windy conditions after the rainfall of Monday and Tuesday gave way to the stiff wind.

"Boy, was it freezing out there," Peoples admitted.

The team, however, was hot and peppered the host Lady Bruins with shots all afternoon, taking a 5-0 win.

"It was 3-0 in the first five minutes," Peoples said. "We passed the ball really well that game, we just passed it around them.

"We played really solid against Ripon Christian and then did good things against Riverbank."

Scoring for Escalon against the host Riverbank team were McKee, with two goals, and Winkler, Gonzales and Gomez with one goal each. Gonzales and Winkler each had two assists, Morrow had one.

San Julian had one save, playing the first half in goal, and Autumn Andersen had four saves, guarding the net in the second half.

Peoples said the team played well in both games this week, and she is hoping to see that strong effort from all players continue.

"Annie (Gallego) is having her best year ever," Peoples said of her defensive leader. "Sierra Duran also played great defense in the second half against Ripon Christian, she had some physical battles that she won."

Escalon improved to 9-3 in league play with three games to go.

They were scheduled to play at Hughson on Monday, after The Times went to press and will host Modesto Christian today, May 5, as well as recognizing their senior players prior to the contest.

"Then we end with Ripon the following Monday," Peoples said of the regular season finale on May 10. "We're in second place right now."

Aiming to at least stay in second place, Peoples said her team will have to stay focused and continue the high level of play as they look to enter the postseason.