Ceres High’s varsity boys soccer team had just one practice leading up to last week’s road game against Pacheco.
“We had a lot of kids go on vacation during winter break,” head coach Gilbert Zamora said. “It’s not an excuse. But it did impact our team. We couldn’t train more.”
The Bulldogs struggled from start to finish in losing 5-1 to the Panthers on Friday in Los Banos.
“I know their coach,” Zamora said. “He has a lot of experience. He’s got a good team right now.”
Ceres High dropped to 3-5-2 overall and 1-1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Pacheco improved to 11-2-2 and 3-1-0.
“We’re having our ups and downs,” Zamora said. “I had a good talk with my players. We’ll come back stronger. We’ll win games as a team.”
Ceres High’s Andres Madriz tallied his first league goal of the season against Pacheco.
Bulldog goalkeeper Porfirio Rodriguez had two saves.
The Panthers dominated the Bulldogs.
“They were more prepared than us,” Zamora said. “Whatever I did wasn’t going to make a difference. The way you practice is the way you play.”
CV boys win, tie
Central Valley’s varsity boys soccer program continued its run of excellence this past week.
The Hawks extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games after battling to a 1-1 tie with Golden Valley on Jan. 10 and posting a 4-0 win over Merced on Jan. 7.
“I’m happy with our overall performance,” head coach Omar Leon said.
The Hawks improved to 11-2-2 on the year and 3-0-1 in the Central California Conference standings.
Miguel Sanchez helped Central Valley salvage a draw with Golden Valley when he scored a goal with less than seven minutes to play.
Central Valley shut out host Merced on Jan. 7.
Sebastian Castillo led the way with one goal and one assist.
Alexis Jimenez, Rigoberto Trujillo and Leo Giovanni Ayala all scored one goal.
Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team struggled while being beaten by Golden Valley and Atwater in Central California Conference play this past week.
The Hawks were outscored, 156-87.
“We’re not putting full games together,” head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “We got to be more tougher and physical out there. We’re getting pushed around.”
Central Valley dropped to 4-14 overall and 0-3 in the CCC standings.
“With every loss, the window for playoffs shrinks,” Rodriguez said. “If we split with everybody, we’ll give ourselves a chance. But it’s going to take a collective effort from everyone out there.”
Golden Valley defeated Central Valley 73-35 on Friday in Merced.
Kadin Manor poured in a game-high 20 points against the Cougars.
Central Valley lost 83-52 to Atwater on Jan. 8 in Ceres.
Jordan Lombardo led the Hawks with 17 points.
Sunny Khabra tallied 11 points.
CV girls winless
Central Valley’s varsity girls basketball team is still searching for its first win of the season.
The Hawks dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-3 in the Central California Conference standings after losing 50-21 to Golden Valley on Thursday in Ceres.
Willow Vanderheiden scored a team-high seven points for Central Valley.
Alyssa Rojo, Yamily Zaragoza and Gabby Benenati finished with six, four and three points, respectively.
Rebeca Flores had one point.
The Hawks mustered just two points en route to falling behind 22-5 in the opening 14 minutes.