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Ceres High girls win their soccer conference opener, CV falls twice
Ceres High School's varsity girls soccer team netted its first win of the 2012 season under first-year head coach Javier Mercado's direction this past week.

The Bulldogs showed no mercy in shutting out newcomer Pacheco 6-0 on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Ceres High improved to 1-4-1 overall and 1-0 in the WAC standings.

The Panthers remained winless (0-6, 0-1)

"This is their first year varsity so they don't have a strong team," Mercado said. "They just have juniors and sophomores. We did not underestimate them. We took the game very serious. We treated them like any other team in league."

Victoria Andrade led the Bulldogs with two goals and one assist.

Karina Manzo, Arcelia Hermosillo, Fabiana Soto and Jacqueline Gonzalez all scored one goal.

Gisselle Madrigal and Victoria Mendoza logging playing time at goalkeeper.

Madrigal made zero saves, while Mendoza tallied one.

Bulldog sweeper Anissa Torres starred on defense.

Ceres High dominated Pacheco for 80 minutes.

The Bulldogs built a 3-0 lead in the opening half.

Manzo, Andrade and Hermosillo scored in the eighth, 16th and 27th minutes, respectively.

Arcelia curled in a cornerkick.

Soto, Gonzalez and Andrade contributed one goal each as Ceres High put the contest out of reach after intermission.

The Bulldogs will play host to Los Banos today at 4 p.m.

Central Valley High School's varsity girls soccer team labored to a sixth-place finish at its own tournament, the Sixth Annual Spring Bash, earlier this month at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The Hawks (1-4, 0-1) dropped two of three games.

"We could have done better," Central Valley head coach Cyndi Meshach said.

The Hawks lost their first game, 1-0, to Waterford on March 9.

Central Valley goalkeeper Erykah Magana made six saves.

The Hawks edged out Galt 2-1 on March 10.

Michelle Hernandez paced Central Valley with one goal and one assist.

Dayelle Cueto scored once.

Andrea Rodriguez had one assist.

Magana totaled 10 saves.

The Hawks lost 3-0 to Gregori on March 10.

Magana and Brittany Martinez collected four and two saves, respectively, while splitting playing time at goalie.

Grace Davis placed first at Central Valley's eight-team tournament, held Feb. 9-10.

The Hawks opened the WAC season with a 1-0 loss at Livingston on Wednesday.

The Hawks will battle Pacheco on March 19 and Central Catholic on March 21 at Central Valley.