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Central Valley ties Mustangs, Buffaloes
Plagued by inconsistency, Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer team had to settle for two ties in Valley Oak League play last week in Ceres.

"It's disappointing," Hawks coach Omar Leon said. "We should have won both games. We let them back in."

Central Valley and Oakdale battled to a 2-2 draw on Thursday.

Jose Haro tallied a goal and an assist for the Hawks (1-2-4 overall, 0-0-2 VOL). Javier Alcantar scored once. Franciso Aguirre tallied nine saves.

Central Valley led 1-0 at intermission as Alcantar found the back of the net.

"The first half, everything was working really well," Leon said. "They were moving the ball around. They were communicating."

Then momentum swayed.

"There was chaos in the second half," Leon said. "They were trying to do their own thing individually. I also made a couple of substitutions on defense that I shouldn't have made."

Oakdale scored the equalizer with less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest.

Hawks 2, Buffs 2

On Sept. 11, Central Valley blew a two-goal lead in the final 20 minutes and had to settle for a tie.

"Once they stopped playing as a team, that's when everything broke down," Leon said.

Haro and Abimael Galindo accounted for the Hawks' goals. Marco Rodriguez and Pedro Gomez delivered the passes.

In the 10th minute, Rodriguez booted a free kick into the box from the right side and Haro finished with his back from close-range.

In the 54th minute, Gomez sent a cross from the right side to Galindo, who finished from 8 yards out with his right foot.