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Soccer Boys Win Two More In Trans-Valley League Play
Eking out a 1-0 win on the road Tuesday, Escalon's varsity soccer boys came back with a vengeance and earned a 6-0 shutout win at home Thursday.

They maintained their hold on first place in the Trans-Valley League with the pair of wins. Riverbank stayed a game behind - also winning two this week - while Ripon slipped to third.

In action Tuesday, Oct. 16, the boys traveled to Ripon and got past the Indians.

"They still had a chance for first place so it was a big one for us," coach Chris Oliveira said, noting that the win gave Escalon a little breathing room against the Indians, who now have lost three. Riverbank has lost two, the Cougars have lost just one game.

"In the first five minutes, we were all over them," Oliveira noted. "We had a penalty kick that we missed, we hit the post, we outplayed them the first 10 minutes, then it evened out."

Neither team scored in the first half, though, with the lone goal coming from the foot of Julio Farias off an assist from Ramon Valencia in second half play.

"They missed a penalty kick in the second half, too," Oliveira noted of dodging a bullet from the Indians.

Goalie Bill Cervantes made five saves in goal for the Cougars.

"I'm real proud of the way we played against Ripon this year," Oliveira said.

Defense has been key in the wins against Ripon and has helped the Cougars run their league mark to 11-1.