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Bulldogs, Hawks earn league honors
Multiple players on Ceres High School's varsity girls soccer team earned Valley Oak League honors in a vote by the conference's head coaches on Monday, May 10 in Manteca.

Leah Rose was named to the VOL second team.

Nichole Fitch, Brittany Valadez, Yanelli Espinoza, Anissa Torres, Estefania Hermosillo and Katie Herrera were honorable-mention picks.

"I do think we deserved better," Ceres High head coach Dominic Figueroa said. "Leah should have been a first-teamer. We should have had one or two players on the second team."

Rose, a fourth-year starter, accounted for six of the Bulldogs' 10 goals while splitting time at midfielder and forward.

"We were very dependent on her abilities and leadership," Figueroa said. "Her will to win was great. I haven't coached a player that's commanded that much respect from teammates."

Fitch, a senior goalkeeper, totaled 156 saves and four shutouts.

"She had an outstanding year for us," Figueroa said. "She holds every career record."

Sophomores Valadez, Espinoza and Torres started in the backfield.

"Four of my five defenders were recognized," Figueroa said. "That's impressive."

Herrera, a sophomore midfielder, had two goals and two assists.

Hermosillo (MF, So.) dished out two assists.

Ceres High finished in fifth place in the VOL standings (4-10-2). The Bulldogs collected just three wins in 2009.

Central Valley's Alyssa Meshach (D, Jr.) and Anabel Vazquez (MF, Sr.) were both selected to the VOL second team.

Alicia Yori (D, Jr.) and Lizette Covarrubias (MF, Jr.) were honorable-mention selections.

The Hawks (3-11-2) tied for sixth with Weston Ranch.