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Shutout Win, Shutout Loss For Soccer Girls
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Splitting their games for the week, Escalon's varsity Lady Cougars soccer team took a shutout win over Riverbank, then were shut out themselves by Hilmar.

Playing in the rain at home against Riverbank on Tuesday, March 22, the girls upended the visiting Bruins, 5-0.

"We led it 3-0 at the half and it was a match that we totally dominated," said coach Craig Humrichouse. "We played it in terrible conditions but we had 42 shots on goal, although we couldn't get off good, solid shots."

More than an inch of rain was recorded in the area Tuesday but the game went on as scheduled, the girls getting the match in before any thunder rumbled through the region.

"It just poured the whole match," noted Humrichouse. "It was like playing back in the winter season again."

Paige Fulgieri had two goals and three assists for Escalon, with single goals from Kacey Ball, Kristine Lima and Kaity Bojorquez. Ashley Brown had two assists.

"Paige had a great match for us, played outstanding," said Humrichouse. "Sarah Quiroz was in goal and she had three saves, one of them was a great one on a breakaway, she came out about 15 yards and did a sliding tackle on the ball, took the girl out of the play."

Aprille Ray also earned praise for her continued high level of play.

"She is having an outstanding season," agreed Humrichouse. "Her defensive play is just outstanding for us, she is kind of like our unsung hero."

With the win over Riverbank on Tuesday, the girls headed to Hilmar on Thursday but were defeated there by the powerful Yellowjackets, tapped as one of the league favorites.

Escalon lost a 3-0 decision on the road, unable to get anything past the Hilmar keeper. Quiroz turned back 13 Hilmar shots for a busy day in goal, but the host squad took the win.

Escalon stands at 2-1 in league play and will get on the field next for a game at Patterson on Tuesday, April 5. They play at home Thursday, April 7, hosting Hughson.

"Hilmar is one of the teams that will be battling for the playoff spots, along with Ripon, Hughson and ourselves," Humrichouse said.

The JV girls were also on the field for a pair, hosting the Livingston JV squad on Tuesday - Riverbank does not field a JV team - and took a 7-0 win. They traveled with the varsity to Hilmar on Thursday and lost there, splitting their games this week as well.