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Soccer Girls Shut Out Riverbank In 7-0 Victory
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Though steady rain made play difficult last week, Escalon junior Esmeralda Soto, 19, leads the pack with a run at the goal in Riverbank, on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The Trans-Valley League varsity girls soccer match found the Lady Cougars on top, 7-0, as time expired. Times Photo By Ric McGinnis

Weather conditions were beyond bad on Wednesday, but that didn’t seem to hamper the Escalon varsity soccer girls as they shut down host Riverbank in a Jan. 16 contest.

Several different players scored in the Trans-Valley League shutout for the Lady Cougars.

A steady rain fell on the Wednesday night contest, with blustery winds also featured. The Escalon girls shook off the effects of the weather and handed Riverbank the loss.

“We were only up 1-0 at half and came out in the second half with high intensity,” said coach Jamie Peoples. “It was a great win and nice to get everyone playing time.”

With tallies from several players, Peoples said that just shows was a team effort it was.

Georgina Gallo had a goal and two assists, Gabby Goodman had a goal and an assist. Alondra Martinez had two goals, Litcia Delgado had an assist. Also scoring were Mya Beary, Esmeralda Soto and Mariana Guerrero.

“Liz Cortes also scored but it was called back and we were given a free kick for a foul they committed,” Peoples said.

Leticia Gutierrez had one save in goal.

“Ripon was a different story,” the coach noted of taking on the Lady Indians later in the week. “They are a strong team. We lost 6-0 but played extremely well at times. Leti had seven saves.

Only one game was on the schedule for this week; the varsity girls were slated to play at Livingston on Tuesday, Jan. 22 after The Times went to press.

At the JV level, the girls did not play at Riverbank, which does not field a JV team, and they lost at Ripon, 7-0.

Keeper Emma Bracco had several saves and played well in goal despite the loss.

With just a handful of TVL teams at the JV level, Escalon will go outside the league and play a game with Linden as part of their schedule.