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A Winning Formula
It hasn't taken Ceres High School's new-look varsity boys soccer squad a long time to figure out a winning formula.

The Bulldogs collected back-to-back victories during the first week of the Western Athletic Conference season and improved to 6-2-1 on the year.

"For a young team, we're doing really well," Ceres High junior standout Alfredo Arana said. "I can see us improving way more as the season goes on."

Arana and Alexis Galindo both tallied four goals and two assists.

Eberardo Aceves collected three goals and one assist.

"We don't have one superstar," Ceres High head coach Koeurn Phe said. "All of our players have good technical skills and they complement each other."

The Bulldogs shut out Pacheco 5-0 on Monday, Sept. 12 at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Galindo led Ceres High with two goals and one assist.

Luis Corona chipped in with one goal and one assist.

Arana and Huberto Luna contributed one goal each.

Aceves, Jesus Ramirez and Cesar Espinoza all dished out one assist.

Ceres High dominated Central Catholic, 8-2, on Wednesday in Modesto.

Arana totaled three goals and two assists.

Aceves scored a career-high three goals.

Galindo and Antonio Jasso also scored.

Luna had one assist.

Luna, Rafael Mercado, Jose Saldivar and Roberto Hernandez, four seniors, helped shut down Pacheco's and Central Catholic's offense. Abel Reyes made three saves and posted a shut out while playing goalkeeper.

"Our defense is our strength," Phe said.

Ceres High returns just two key players from last year's team, which qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs and placed third in the WAC (6-3-1).

Two freshmen, Cristian Cabrales and Cesar Espinoza, start this season.

"The kids know they have to perform if they want to stay on the field," Phe said. "They understand what their roles are. They all help each other."

Ceres High will play against Los Banos this week (Sept. 19).