SALIDA -- There were 20 other players on the field, but for much of Monday's match, Ranae McFadden and Katie Foster played one-on-one.
Each time Ripon High's forward attacked, it seemed, Foster was in position to stop or deflect her shot away.
"When she's coming at you, it's all about instinct," Modesto Christian's freshman goalie said. "When to go after the ball, when to stay in the goal."
McFadden finally found a way to defeat her nemesis, though, drilling the ball to opposite corner of the goal early in the second half to seal Ripon's 2-0 Trans-Valley League victory.
It was McFadden's 27th goal, second-best in the Sac-Joaquin Section behind Sierra's Nicole Vanni with 32.
McFadden was walking gingerly afterward, nursing a groin injury that has taken some of the steam off what is typically her powerful right leg.
"I'm playing club ball on weekends and high school during the week, so I need to play through it," she said.
McFadden had nine shots on goal and Foster, making a number of acrobatic plays. saved all of them but one.
McFadden had a breakaway in the second half, but Foster swatted away her ball. McFadden tried to head-in the ricochet, but Foster got to it,too.
Ripon (14-0-1, 7-0 TVL) not only remained unbeaten, it solidified a position as a section Division V favorite. It never has won a section title, but did lose 1-0 to Hilmar in the 2007 final.
With McFadden striking down the middle, and flanked by Kallie Jacobs (13 goals, 10 assists) and Meredith Perkins (eight goals, 12 assists), the Indians have outscored their foes 57-11.
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