Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn got his first glimpse of Eric Cavanaugh's potential two years ago, when -- as a freshman -- his ballhandling skills and powerful foot were far more than what was expected from a freshman. Two years later, there is no sign that Cavanaugh's abilities have peaked.
"Eric embodies different talents when it comes to his scoring ability," DeBruyn said. "He uses his speed to beat defenders around the corners, he uses his size by shielding and controlling the ball in traffic, and he is able to score with both left and right feet. He has that natural scoring ability."
Cavanaugh is second in the Sac-Joaquin with 34 goals, and has compiled 15 assists while leading the Indians (17-5-2) into today's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals at Patterson. He had a hat trick in a 4-4 tie with Riverbank in the Trans-Valley League, sending the Indians into the playoffs.
-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA