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Central Valley booters still unbeaten
Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer team played its most complete game of the season on Thursday, shutting out Oakdale 3-0 on the road to remain unbeaten.

"The conditions of their field is perfect," Hawks head coach Omar Leon said. "It's like carpet. That makes everything run smoother."

Central Valley moved to 13-0-2 overall and 8-0-1 in the Valley Oak League.

Oakdale dropped to 8-9-3 overall, 3-4-2 in conference play.

The first-place Hawks have a two-point lead over second-place Ceres High in the league standings. The Bulldogs (6-0-2) tied East Union last Thursday.

"It gives us a little bit of a cushion," Leon said.

Victor Mercado scored once and dished out an assist for Central Valley.

Antonio Cabrera and Miguel Villasenor each had a goal.

Uriel Cazarez added an assist.

Francisco Aguirre totaled six saves.

The Hawks built a 3-0 lead in the first half behind goals from Mercado, Cabrera and Villasenor.

"We dominated the entire game," Leon said.

Bulldogs 2, Lancers 2

Ceres High's varsity boys soccer team led 2-0 at intermission and appeared headed for another league victory last Thursday.

East Union stormed back in the second half to earn a 2-2 draw at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The tie knocked the Bulldogs (7-0-2) out of first place in the Valley Oak League.

Crosstown rival Central Valley shut out Oakdale last week to remain atop the standings.

"As a coach, I feel like I'm responsible for the loss," Ceres High leader Koeurn Phe said. "I didn't get my team to do what it was supposed to do. I let it slip. But we're going to put this behind us."

Luis Martinez and Pablo Gomez both scored once for the Bulldogs.

Luis Corona and Fernando Garduno each had an assist.

Goalkeeper Kyle Cerny made four saves.

Angel Abarca led the third-place Lancers (5-2-2) with two goals.

Victor Lemus and Manuel Montanez assisted.

Abarca scored twice in the span of eight minutes midway through the second half to stun the Bulldogs.

"It's a big disappointment on our side," Phe said. "We felt like we lost that game. We didn't do a good job at the end. We didn't execute. When they had opportunities, they made it count."