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Setbacks Have Bruin Soccer Players Eyeing Second Half
Injuries and absences have ravaged Riverbank High's girls soccer roster during Trans-Valley League play in 2012, but the Lady Bruins showed signs of life during a scoreless first half with longtime TVL power, Ripon, on March 29.

When Bruin goalkeeper Monica Lopez was whisked away via ambulance at halftime (breathing problems), the Indians capitalized with three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to snare a 4-0 win.

Riverbank struggled to a 4-0 loss to Hughson on April 3, but expect to see key returns to the lineup before picking up conference contests on April 17 following Spring Break.

"We've had enough obstacles, so let's see some doors open for us," Riverbank coach Martin Gonzales said. "As players are coming back hopefully we can come together and make a run in this second half."

Lopez, Natalia Villapudua (injured eye) and Yvonne Vigil (preparing for Quinceañera) are all expected to see a return to the Bruin roster during a pair of practices over the break this week.

"Stuff happens and you get past it," Gonzales said. "We were playing like a soccer team in that first half against Ripon and that was a big game. It was a stalemate in that first half but we couldn't keep it together after what happened at halftime."

Gonzales said the entire team saw an influx of strong play during that competitive first half, pointing out Andrea Harvey, Celina Lopez, Magdelena Gudino, Jessica Garcia and Krystal Allen as ringleaders of the effort.