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Mud Bogs Down Soccer Players
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Riverbank soccer girls, who play however muddy their knees, lost to Escalon by 5-0 in a heavy rainstorm on March, then fell to Livingston, 2-1, in rather better weather on Thursday.

"It was cold, wet and miserable. And Escalon was a very good team," said Riverbank coach Roger Nelson.

The bright spot for Riverbank was 21 saves by Raquel Anguiano, who played in goal the entire game and was kept very busy fending off the Escalon shots.

The second away match of the week, against Livingston, should have been a win according to Nelson.

"We outplayed them and made 32 shots on goal. We showed good ball control and accurate passing, We fought hard and kept the ball mostly at their end of the field," he said.

The Livingston goalie saved 16 of the shots. The others went high and outside.

Tiffany Banda finally scored for Riverbank in the last minute of the game. It was on a breakaway and a close shot, where she drove almost up to the goalie and tapped the ball to one side into the net.

Livingston netted both their goals in the first half, making a couple of breakaways and outrunning the Riverbank defenders down the field.

The Riverbank team's record now stands at 1-9-1 overall, and 0-3 in league.

After taking a week off competition for spring break, the Bruins will return to the field on April 5 against Ripon Christian, and will go against Ripon on March 7. Both matches will be at home.