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Ceres High stuns Central Valley with second-half outburst
Ceres High School's varsity girls soccer team totaled just five goals during its first five league games.

The Bulldogs scored twice in a three-minute span and added a goal in the closing minutes to knock off host Central Valley 3-1 on Monday, April 4.

Ceres High won the crosstown clash in stunning fashion.

"We really wanted to win this," Bulldogs sophomore forward Laura Barajas said. "They're our rivals. We don't have nothing against them. I used to play with most of their girls. They're all really good players."

Estefania Hermosillo tallied one goal and one assist for Ceres High, which moved to 1-2-2 in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Laura Barajas and Karina Manzo chipped in with one goal each. Olivia Moore had one assist.

Simi Talawan scored for Central Valley (0-5-1).

"After scoring the first goal, we got a little too confident," Simi said. "It's really frustrating. We played our hardest throughout the game. We just didn't finish. We're looking forward to playing them again."

Talawan gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second half.

Paola Leon attempted a shot from the left side. The ball sailed over Bulldog goalkeeper Jamie Beck's head. Simi finished from close-range.

Barajas' sliding goal evened the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute.

Hermosillo scored on a breakaway in the 56th minute. Moore delivered the pass.

"The goal by Estefania took the fight out of them," Ceres High head coach Randy Cerny said. "They were done."

Manzo put the game out of reach in the 75th minute. Hermosillo assisted.

"I was actually shocked," Barajas said while talking about the manner in which her team took control. "It was really amazing. Our passes were better than usual. We believed in ourselves."

"We found a way to score," Ceres High head coach Randy Cerny said. "We need to replicate that for the rest of the season."

Tied at 1-1, Cerny delivered a fiery but playful halftime speech.

"Cerny said they'd take our boyfriends if we lost," Laura said.

"It was a little joke," Randy added.