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Ceres High wins first league game
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Ricardo Castellanos and the Ceres High varsity boys soccer team posted a 5-2 victory over Modesto High in Modesto Metro Conference play on Friday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

The win helped the Bulldogs extend their unbeaten streak. They improved to 4-0-2 overall, 1-0 in the league standings.

"I couldn't ask for more," said Ceres coach Ryan Cerny. "They're playing great right now."

Castellanos scored three times against the Panthers. Marques Castrejon tallied one goal and an assist. Leo Antonio had one goal. Jose Cuevas added two assists. Goalie Edgardo Yepez made five saves.

Angel Trejo accounted for both of Modesto High's goals.

Castrejon gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. He juked a defender and blasted a left-footed shot into the upper-right corner of the goal from 35 yards out. Cuevas delivered the pass.

In the 18th minute, Castellanos headed in Castrejon's cornerkick for a 2-0 lead.

Trejo responded with a goal in the 32nd minute. His close-range shot trimmed Ceres' lead to 2-1 heading into halftime.

Trejo and the Panthers evened the score at 2-all less than a minute into the second half.

"We came out really flat," Cerny said. "I was concerned."

Cerny shuffled his lineup in an attempt to slow down Modesto's offense. He moved A.J. Salgado from stopper to left defender so he could mark Trejo.

"That evened things out and we started playing really well again," Cerny said.

Sweeper David Magana also contributed on defense.

"He was a force back there," Cerny said. "He was knocking guys down."

Ceres outscored Modesto High 3-0 during the final 41 minutes of play.

Antonio scored an unassisted goal in the 49th minute. The senior forward dribbled past a defender and floated a shot over the goalie's head.

Castellanos tallied an unassisted goal in the 54th minute. He scored from 10 yards out.

Castellanos put the game out of reach in the 58th minute. He headed in Cuevas' cross pass.

"I want to run up the score as much as we can against every team," Cerny said.

The Bulldogs will play host to the Downey Knights today at 4 p.m. Castrejon will be sidelined. He received a double yellow yard after questioning a call with eight minutes left in the Ceres-Modesto High game. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier