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Bulldogs score early, escape with 1-1 draw
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Ceres High's and Livingston's varsity boys soccer teams traded goals in the opening half.

The Bulldogs and Wolves both failed to score after intermission and had to settle for a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Ceres.

"It was a very competitive game," Ceres High head coach Javier Mercado said. "It could have gone either way."

Ceres High won the first meeting, 2-0, on Sept. 13.

Livingston upset first-place Patterson 2-1 the previous week.

The Bulldogs lost 2-0 at Patterson on Sept. 20.

"Livingston has a good team," Mercado said.

Ceres High sophomore Cristopher Torres broke a scoreless tie in the 15th minute.

Torres' 18-yard shot from the right side of the field sailed into the upper-left corner of the goal.

Livingston evened the score with a close-range goal late in the first half.

Bulldog goalkeeper Abel Reyes tallied nine saves.

Raymundo Reyes, Alex Lepe, Joey Bettencourt, Gustavo Villalon and Noel Oliveros contributed on defense.

Oliveros started at sweeper in place of Victor Ortega, who was sidelined with a knee injury.

"I'm pleased with how everybody played," Mercado said. "We communicated well. I wish we could have won."

Ceres High, 5-2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference, will host Los Banos today.

The league game will get underway at 5:30 p.m.