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Soccer Squad Rolling Through TVL Schedule
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Bruin captain Jesus Yepez, 10, keeps the oncoming Escalon player at bay as he looks to move the ball up the field in Wednesday afternoon action. Marg Jackson/The News

After a blowout win over Modesto Christian, the Riverbank varsity soccer team battled Escalon and came away with a shutout victory following a hard fought contest on Oct. 9.

The win against Modesto Christian came on the home field for the Bruins on Monday, Oct. 7 and saw them pour it on with eight goals in the first half, six in the second for a 14-0 final. Modesto Christian has not won a game in league play yet this season.

Miguel Guzman and Rodrigo Quintero were each credited with a pair of goals in the Riverbank win, with four assists from Edgar Garcia and two from sophomore Adrian Benitez. Ten other players each registered a single tally against the Crusaders, including freshman Garcia, sophomore Nathaniel Martinez and Benitez, as the underclassmen figured in to the victory. Robert Serrato had a pair of saves and Quintero added three as the two Bruins combined for the shutout in goal.

The game was not as easy on Wednesday, Oct. 9 as the visiting Cougars provided a stiffer challenge for the Bruins. Host Riverbank notched one goal in the first half and then got two more in the second while keeping the Cougars off the scoreboard, winning 3-0.

Statistics provided by the team showed goals from Oscar Jimenez, Garcia Noe and Rodrigo Quintero, but at least one shot during the game, a header sent to the back of the net, came from a different player entirely, notched by 6-2 defender Emanuel Moya on a corner kick opportunity.

Junior keeper Serrato had nine saves in goal for the Bruins.

The squad was slated to travel to Orestimba for a match on Oct. 14, Monday, after The News went to press. Earlier this season, they hosted the Warriors and took a 5-0 win off the pitch. Wednesday, the Bruins are back at home for a contest against Hilmar, a team they defeated by a 1-0 margin on Sept. 23.

Riverbank enters the week at 6-0-1 in Trans-Valley League play and is 8-5-2 overall.