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Castellanos leads Ceres soccer past Wildcats
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The performance was impressive. The Ceres High varsity boys soccer team posted a 5-0 victory over Sonora on Aug. 23 at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

"I expected a tougher game," said Ceres coach Ryan Cerny, whose team improved to 2-0-2 in the standings.

Four Bulldogs scored, including Ricardo Castellanos, Leo Antonio, A.J. Salgado and Ricardo Cetina. Castellanos had two goals. Antonio, Salgado and Cetina all added one goal.

Cetina and Edgardo Yepez, Ceres' goalkeepers, accumulated five saves. Cetina had five in the first half. Yepez had three after intermission.

"Everybody played solid," Castellanos said.

Added Cetina: "I thought they were going to be better."

The Bulldogs scored three times and outshot the Wildcats 15-5 in the opening half.

Castellanos tallied the game's first goal in the 18th minute. The junior forward got behind Sonora's defense and blasted a shot into the net from 12 yards away. His score came several minutes after he failed to capitalize from close range on a breakaway.

"He's going to be very dominant this season," Cerny said.

Antonio scored from eight yards out in the 22nd minute. The junior forward collected a pass just outside the box, dribbled around a defender and fired a shot past Sonora's goalie.

Salgado put Ceres ahead 3-0 in the 39th minute. He converted a penalty kick after getting tripped in the box.

The Bulldogs didn't let up in the second half.

"You could tell Sonora was getting tired," Cerny said. "We had more subs. Plus, our guys are used to this heat down here."

Cetina scored on a direct free kick in the 63rd minute. His 30-yard blast sailed into the left side of the net. He fired the shot from the right side of the field.

"The goalie wasn't paying attention," Cetina said. "He was talking to his defense. I just shot it."

Castellanos scored his second goal in the 71st minute. He finished with his left foot from the 10-yard line.

"We had fun," he said. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier