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Bulldogs end losing streak in soccer
Ceres High School's varsity girls soccer program notched its first two Valley Oak League victories of the season last week.

"It's a big relief," rookie head coach Koeurn Phe said.

Emily Alvarez, Leah Rose and Erica Olide all found the back of the net during Thursday's 3-2 win at Weston Ranch.

"We played really well in the first half," said Koeurn, whose team led 3-0 at the break. "I was surprised that we didn't put in more goals. We were on their side of the field the whole time. They didn't even take a shot. With the wind at our back, that gave us an advantage too."

Phe emptied his bench during the second half. He was forced to put starting goalie Nichole Fitch, and defenders Monica Martinez and Brittany Valadez back into the game after the Cougars cut the deficit to one with 20 minutes to play. Weston Ranch tallied two goals within a six-minute span.

"I was nervous," he said.

Ceres High (2-4 VOL) ended a four-game slide with a 1-0 win over East Union on Tuesday, March 31 at Bulldog Stadium.

"That's probably the best game we've played," Phe said. "We made very few mistakes and our passing was really strong."

Olide scored in the 17th minute for Ceres High.

Fitch had 19 saves.

Hawks off target in defeat

Central Valley High School's varsity girls soccer team lost to East Union and Manteca in Valley Oak League play last week.

"I think both of them were beatable," Hawks head coach Cyndi Meshach said. "We just couldn't finish. That's been the story of our season."

Central Valley (1-4-1) fell 4-0 to East Union on Thursday in Manteca.

"They kicked it into a lower gear and never picked it up," Meshach said.

Megan Howley led the Lancers (2-4) with two goals. Kyrie Belme and Leilani Villasenor both scored once. Oranda Castillo dished out two assists. Reanna Schmitt and Kaitlyn Hughes each had one assist. Gianna Hedin tallied nine saves.

Central Valley scored first during its 4-1 loss to Manteca on Tuesday, March 31 in Ceres.

Alejandra Murillo converted a 30-yard free kick just eight minutes into the contest for the Hawks.

The Buffaloes responded with a 4-0 barrage.

"We had a lot of fun even though we lost," Meshach said. "It's not like we didn't play well."