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One Goal In Two Games For Soccer Girls
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A frustrating league season continued for Riverbank's Lady Bruins this week, as they gave up a dozen goals but netted only one.

They faced off against league power and undefeated Ripon on Monday, April 20, but could not contain standout Renae McFadden, who torched them for four goals and assisted on a fifth.

It seemed like no matter what defensive look the Lady Bruins put on the field, McFadden was able to solve the riddle. It's not just Riverbank she can defeat almost single-handedly, however, as McFadden has far outdistanced all other players in the scoring category this season.

Erica Orellana netted a goal for Riverbank to help her team avoid the shutout.

With a preseason victory and a couple of TVL ties to their credit, first year head coach Josh Hauskens was hoping for a better run in league action. The Lady Bruins show flashes of potential, but are young and are trying to build a cohesive squad with players ranging from freshmen to seniors, as there is no JV team in Riverbank.

It has been a hard act to juggle and the team showed its frustration in a very physical contest on the road Wednesday, April 22 at Escalon. The game featured more than its share of pushing and shoving, an injury to an Escalon player, a near fight between two players - both of whom got a yellow card - and lots of animosity between the lines.

Riverbank keeper Kaitlyn Nelson was bombarded with shots and made several outstanding saves but also got burned a few times when she came out to block the shots and the Lady Cougars were able to maneuver around her.

Escalon shut out the Lady Bruins by a 6-0 score. Riverbank got off seven shots, but the netminder for Escalon stopped all of them to send the Lady Bruins away with the shutout loss.