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Central Valley High School's varsity girls soccer team suffered an embarrassing 10-0 loss at Central Catholic on March 28.

The upset-minded Hawks earned a measure of revenge by salvaging a 1-1 tie against the shorthanded Raiders on Wednesday in Ceres.

Central Valley prevented Central Catholic from clinching the Western Athletic Conference title outright.

"I don't think Central Catholic was ready for us," Hawks head coach Cyndi Meshach said. "My girls did what I asked them to do in order to compete and they played aggressive."

Central Valley moved to 1-5-2 in the WAC standings.

Central Catholic improved to 7-1-1 in conference play.

Lizette Covarrubias accounted for the Hawks' lone goal. Covarrubias missed the first meeting between the two teams because she had another commitment. Lizette volunteered as a counselor at sixth-grade camp.

Central Valley goalkeeper Elizabeth Amaya collected five saves against Central Catholic.

"She played really well," Meshach said.

Katelyn Ketchum scored for the the Raiders, who were missing five starters for undisclosed reasons.

Sara Pimentel, Central Catholic's top offensive threat, wasn't a factor. She was marked by Kayla Meshach and Alexiss Cervera. Pimentel totaled 18 goals and 18 assists through the Raiders' first 15 games.

"Everybody stepped up," Cyndi Meshach said.

Central Valley's defensive game plan worked to perfection.

"They didn't play the offsides trap as much," Central Catholic head coach Dominic Figueroa said.

Central Valley fell behind 1-0 midway through the first half

Covarrubias tallied the equalizer with less than 20 minutes to play. Lizette collected Kayla Meshach's throw-in pass and scored from 35 yards out.

The Raiders had just one substitute for the entire game.

"Give Central Valley's girls credit," Figueroa said. "They played hard. We got a little winded at the end. I still think we should have won."