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Super Striker: Ripon's McFadden was a scoring machine

RIPON — It's going to be some time before Ripon High rolls out another soccer star the level of Renae McFadden.

The four-year star won four Trans-Valley League crowns, played in three Sac-Joaquin Section finals and won section titles her final two years.

She owns school records for goals and points, both career and season. She enjoyed four 20-win seasons and lost only 10 games in her prep career.

McFadden, off to the University of the Pacific on scholarship, also is The Bee's 2010 Soccer Player of the Year. It's the second year in a row the electrifying striker was selected the Stanislaus District's best.

She had 37 goals in 25 matches, short of her school-record 44 as a junior, but the result was the same — another title.

"The UOP coaches had told me to try and become a more dynamic player, so I focused on creating opportunities for my teammates," McFadden said. "It helped open the field and made us difficult to defend.

"I felt we had a good chance to win the TVL this year, but I wasn't sure about sections. I knew that Linden and Hilmar were both going to be good."

Ripon beat the two by a combined 6-0 score, and beat Central Catholic in overtime for the title — with McFadden scoring the match's lone goal.

She was one of five key seniors: Kallie Jacobs, Morgan Torres-Unger, Thalia Bobadilla and Kelsey Meeuse rounded out that talented group.

"We had a strong freshman group and our JV team went 12-0 in league and tore it up," assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. "Renae has given us a boost, but now it will be time for someone else to step up and try to replace her."

McFadden trains two to three hours on Tuesday and Thursday, and an hour or two every other day, and that intensity will increase as the school year approaches. She will work with a soccer skills coach and a strength coach.

"I know the two-a-days are going to be tough, so I've got to be ready if I want to have a role as a freshman," said McFadden, who plans to study biological sciences with an eye to becoming a dentist. "I always said I want to be like every other teenager and go to a college far away, but I really enjoyed my visit to Pacific."

McFadden will play with an under-23 team this summer, putting her on the field with players already in college.

"The club game is a big asset because you're out there with girls as good as you, and better," said McFadden, who had 134 goals, 43 assists and 311 points while the Indians were going 88-10-7. "Pacific's got four other recruits coming in, so we're all going to be fighting for playing time."

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