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Chavez, Ceres shut down Downey
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Edwin Chavez made his debut with the Ceres High varsity boys soccer team on Wednesday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park. The junior had an immediate impact.

“He just became eligible today,” said Ceres coach Ryan Cerny. “He's been practicing with us the whole year. He was ready to go. He shut down everybody on his side.”

Chavez played stellar defense in the Bulldogs' 1-0 win against first-place Downey. Sweeper David Magana, stopper Luis Chavez and right defender A.J. Salgado also contributed. They frustrated Lauro Garcia, the Knights' top player.

“I give a lot of credit to Edwin for that,” Cerny said.

“If we had Edwin the whole season, we'd be a contender.”

With the win, the fourth-place Bulldogs improved to 6-6 in the Modesto Metro Conference standings. Ceres compiled a 2-1 record against Downey this year.

“I wish everybody would realize what caliber of team we could be,” Cerny said. “We're the most skilled team in league by far.”

Marques Castrejon scored the game-winning goal-a left-footed blast into the lower-right corner-in the 75th minute. Ricardo Castellanos delivered the pass from the right side of the field.

“Marques put the same ball in he missed five minutes prior,” Cerny said.

The Bulldogs outshot the Knights 21-11. Ceres had 14 shots on goal in the first half.

“We dominated,” Cerny said.

Johansen topped Ceres High 3-1 on Friday at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park.

Dylan Tekautz, Bret Merchant and Tyler Lanker all scored once for the Vikings. Goalie Osvaldo Felix had 13 saves.

Marques Castrejon tallied the Bulldogs' lone goal. Ricardo Castellanos assisted. - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier