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Soccer, Volleyball Squads Play Hectic Preseason Schedule
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Lady Bruin Alicia Gonzalez, 11, blocks a spike from a Linden opponent in varsity girls volleyball action on the home court. At one point in each game, RHS was tied or in the lead, but ultimately came up short and fell to their non-league opponent. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The News

Senior midfielder Eduardo Estrada was named Player of the Game in varsity soccer action on Tuesday, Sept. 2, on the home field. According to Coach Martin Gonzalez, Estrada scored four goals and had two assists in the Bruins’ 6-4 victory in a non-league match against Sonora. Riverbank scored three goals in each of the two halves, while the Wildcats scored all their goals in the second frame.

The RHS varsity squad also won a first round tournament game 2-0 against Gregori High School in Modesto on Sept. 5, but lost Saturday’s second round game against Atwater by a score of 5-0. The Bruins were to travel to Johansen on Tuesday, Sept. 9, then go to another Friday-Saturday tournament at Sierra High School this weekend, playing a busy preseason ahead of their upcoming Trans-Valley League schedule.

Meanwhile, the RHS soccer players discovered an addition to their home field when they returned this fall, a full sized electronic scoreboard at the south end of the field. The scoreboard keeps players and fans alike informed of the time remaining in the contest, as well as the score.


Volleyball Battles Linden

Riverbank’s Lady Bruin varsity volleyball squad has been working to improve game play with scrimmages against Grace Davis and Johansen High Schools at the end of August and non-league action this past week against Ceres and Livingston. On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Lady Lions of Linden came to town. They left with a three game sweep of the local girls, 19-25, 24-26 and 15-25.

As indicated by the scores, RHS was a close contender, leading their opponents early in each game. The second contest saw an especially close game throughout, with an extended score necessary, since the victor must win by two points.

This week, the Lady Bruins were to travel to Delhi on Monday, Sept. 8, to Excel Academy on Sept. 9, and to Modesto High on Thursday, Sept. 11.

After the travel time, the Lady Bruins come home to play on Tuesday, Sept. 17, when they host Beyer High of Modesto.